Photo: Corinne Cumming / EBU

Rehearsals for Eurovision 2024 are well underway. The contestants in semi-final 2 have undertaken their second run-throughs on the Malmö stage.

We’ve been given 30-second teasers of the seven acts who had their second rehearsal on Friday 3 May.

But which of these second rehearsals impressed you the most?

Inspect the rehearsal footage for yourself, then scroll down to vote in our poll and share your opinions.

Eurovision 2024 second rehearsals: Friday 3 May

Poll: Who had the best second rehearsal at Eurovision 2024 on Friday (3 May)?

You can vote for as many of the acts as you would like. But you’ll only be able to vote once — so choose wisely!

Who did you vote for? Who was your biggest grower of the day? Let us know in the comments below.

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Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago

Wow. I watched the rehearsals again.
That cloudy circle of Israel is like you are lying on your back on the earth, looking up to the sky.

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago

Spiritual staging of Hurricane.
Her ripped dress and the dancers with their simple shorts and loose shirts dusty by the storm.
Dancing between life and the hereafter, trying to hold each other in the storm.
The dancers depict the emotions in the song very beautifully.

I wonder how they will perform the 3 quiet parts on stage. The first part and the piano, the silence, and the end with the little guitar sound.

Jmfpds
Jmfpds
1 month ago

If I’m being honest actually SAN MARINO was the best of the day. Based on the snipets of course. No other surprised me more.

Eurofan23
Eurofan23
1 month ago

How is Portugal 36th in the bookmakers? This is a crime

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan23

Nobody actually cares about your entry. The hype you have created is faker than Kim Kardashian

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 month ago

This has to be the worst eurovision from now. It’s almost a playback show now. Fans shouls boycott it. Not gonna watch this fakery.

Sally
Sally
1 month ago

Could someone please tell Georgia she is not in a dance contest. And that LEAD VOCALS should not be on the ‘backing track’ – or at least try to pretend your singing them. Very disappointing.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Sally

You obviously never saw her live

Aziz
Aziz
1 month ago
Reply to  Sally

Sorry? She is known as a great live performer for her incredible strong vocals.

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  Aziz

Her lead vocals were ‘singing’ full volume when she didn’t even have a micophone in her hand!

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Sally

I don’t think Georgia is the one to point out here. Kaleen and Aiko certainly are the queens of lip sync this year, based on their 30 seconds snippets.

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  Tino

There’s sadly, a lot of competition for the ‘cheater’ crown this year. Yes, I know they are not technically breaking any rules but they are certainly cheating the audience who came to see singers song their songs. Not one of them will get a vote from me.

Basti
Basti
1 month ago

San Marino: Looks much better than in the NF but that doesnt mean it will qualify. I still dont think its a very competitive song. I dont like Estonia, i was hoping for brigther colours. Belgium: Great song, but Mustii is not the right person i think. Im not a fan of his facial expressions and it feels very forced. Georgia: Strong and loud. But i like it. Israel: As expected: good. Norway: As expected: same as in the NF. NL: They are still not showing us everything. The outro is a moment though. Im sure next week people will… Read more »

Poul Rissen
Poul Rissen
1 month ago
Reply to  Basti

I agree with all your points!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

I just watched Ukraine’s music video, shared by Alyona Alyona. It hits me right between the eyes. Bravo.

Anna
Anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

In the third eye ?… becarful dear.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Gåte also sent me a music video today. Suitably dark and epic. I wasn’t expecting the modern setting and the car, lol. Bravo.

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Right between the eyes, im sorry but that had me laughing like crazy:)))

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
1 month ago

OK, random thoughts I had while watching these: San Marino: talk about mesmerizing, I want them to go to the final Georgia: fits the song, I guess Belgium: so he’s going to star the song surrounded with mics and then will go next to them – and anything else? the song is amazing, I’m just worried about him ending up like Sennek 2.0 Estonia: I still love this Israel: what’s the most generic staging for emotional song with female vocals? Singer in white dress alone with a prompt and some effects, Eden here also has some dancers *shrugs* Norway: I… Read more »

Aziz
Aziz
1 month ago

I believe in Nutsa. She’s been one of my favorite singers since American got talent. She impressed all juries there.

Aziz
Aziz
1 month ago
Reply to  Aziz

American idol, I meant

Tino
Tino
1 month ago

I have a little problem here. First I want to say that I want Georgia to qualify because the performance seems to be really good. BUT (yeah… there’s a but) Isn’t it a bit hypocritical for some fans to applaud Georgia by saying that the staging raises the level of the song and that Georgia should go high in the rankings, when some of these exact same fans have repeatedly attacked Sweden because they rely too much on staging and their song is average? Excuse me, but I see exactly the same thing in both cases. Two generic pop songs… Read more »

Anna Banana
Anna Banana
1 month ago
Reply to  Tino

One country has more money to have a better staging

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna Banana

Yeah, and? I mean it’s EBU’s fault if the contest is made in such a way that a “rich” country can use more money than a “poor” one, not Sweden’s.
The idea here is not to shame all people whi don’t like Sweden, it’s to point one of the many double standards there are in this contest.

Poul Rissen
Poul Rissen
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna Banana

So cliche. You don’t need money. You need passion and creativity. And if you want you can find sponsors. I know its not easy for the artists these days but let’s not blame everything on others.

Anna Banana
Anna Banana
1 month ago

Norway kind of let me down, the pictures looked better than the video. I think in the NF their staging kind of looked more intimate.. something is missing

Poul Rissen
Poul Rissen
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna Banana

I feel it too. It will be a mistake to not use the visuals they used in the Norsk MGP. Let’s see the final result though.

ZorraHuracanada
ZorraHuracanada
1 month ago

Israel and Georgia!

Honeybooboo
Honeybooboo
1 month ago

Belgium and Estonia are two of the most epic songs in this semi final, even in the entire competition. The fact they have been let down so badly by the staging is heartbreaking for me, as someone who considers both songs in my top 5. Please guys, if you believe in these songs as I do, don’t let them slip into NQs. They deserve better.

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago

I’m obsessed with Georgia, wow. Might be my personal big surprise of this season. Didn’t pay attention to the song before, but the staging made it come alive!

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  EProduc

I just wish she cared about her singing and didn’t put her lead vocals on the backing track. She’s not even pretending to be singing for large chunks.

Abbos
Abbos
1 month ago
Reply to  Sally

First watch her any live performance then write your opinion I think you only watch 30sec of the who performance but you can her live in the preparties she was amazing in every stage BTW SHE IS NOT LIP SINGING IF SOMEONE CAN SING LIVE WITH A DANCE IT DOESN’T MEAN IT IS LIP

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  Abbos

When we hear her singing the lead vocals but she is no longer holding her microphone- she is not singing live.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

This has developed into an amazing night of television, as there’s so much going on. Thank you for whoever voted for Georgia here. I totally agree that “Firefighter” is underrated. 🙂 (If it’s bots, I’m still thanking them.) Other notes: San Marino are doing great storytelling, Norway is solid. However, Belgium gives me “so what” vibes so far – Where is the group Chorus singing in that famous Outro?! Of course, I realise that all of it may be overshadowed by the obvious. I really don’t know what’s going to happen with the audience during “those three minutes” – I… Read more »

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Joost made something clear today: he’s going all in for the televote. So it makes sense he is dropping in the overall odds, since he’s letting go of the jury vote. If you look at the winning odds for his semi, he’s still going strong number 1.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

Indeed! Thank you; that’s really interesting.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

And good on him I say. In the long run, what’s really going to matter? Who is more popular one year on – Kaarija or Loreen?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Loreen.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

I’m pretty sure a live audience will cheer louder for Kaarija. But monetary success of course Loreen, cuz her music is in English and thus more accessible on streaming platforms. So hoping Joost can pull a Ukraine 2022: get 12 points from every country so the jury vote doesn’t even matter.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

Yes, good point about monetary success, a lot of roads lead back to money at the end of the day. But who’s the more iconic, who has captured hearts? Who’s going to be more fondly remembered? Those things are priceless imo

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
1 month ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

But for winning the televote in the final, Netherlands has sunk to 5.8 whereas they’d been favourite over Croatia earlier this week.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark dowd

Wow, so him coming second in the televote is him “sinking” is it? What exactly have you got against Joost?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I believe the colour of the carpet is tied to the sponsor, I’m not joking. Same as last year is what I’m expecting.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

So is it orange then? (Easyjet) 😀

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago

Ukraine is slowly overtaking Switzerland in the odds. Also Italy is coming strong behind. Switzerland staging really hurt them. There’s no denying it

Arystophan
Arystophan
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

Well, the real notable celestial observation is Ireland raising its mast towards victory

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago
Reply to  Arystophan

Oh i didn’t even pay attention to Ireland lol. Yeah good for Ireland:) strong chance for top 10 if jury vote don’t drown it completely.

MaxESC
MaxESC
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

I think the juries will reward Ireland. The staging looks to be one of the best and Bambie can sing and the different styles of singing will be appreciated by those in the music industry.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago
Reply to  MaxESC

Remember Jacques Houdek?!?!? Well he wasn’t rewarded at all and he is one hell of a singer – singed a song in pop and opera voice and jury buried him, so it will be the same with Bambie unfortunately..

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Quick questions.

Angelina Mango is giving a very physically strenuous performance, from start to finish without pause. To keep her vocals and breathing in check, she has been in rigorous and intensive training for months.

Why bother when she could just use a pre-record like Kaleen?

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Self-respect. Italy isn’t into faking it.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Norway is though.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

What is Gunnhild faking?

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

That bloke is exceptional at playing the guitar while it is 20 feet in the air.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Unfortunately, the music was already playback when I started watching Eurovision. But singers not singing is a new low that didn’t exist until recently.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

I’m not sure I understand the difference. It’s quite odd that someone would be so disparaging about one act whilst one of their favourites is perhaps the biggest fakers of them all.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

This is not true. People know the music is fake. But such heavy playback vocals mixed with a little actual singing is totally blurring reality. We had this talk before, I know we disagree completely on this, but for me Eurovision would be dead with all playback. Why have a contest at all when you don’t even have to sing? What’s the excitement when you how it’s gonna sound? Where’s the real emotion gonna come from if not from the voice? Nowhere!

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

*when you know how it’s gonna sound

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Yes, we come from completely different worlds. I was first a raver when you might have a track that has no singing in it whatsoever. Then I got into rock which is also about the pulsing bass, the thrashing guitars and crashing drums. I really have very little interest in only the singer, it makes absolutely no sense to me. You either appreciate authenticity or you don’t.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

You were a raver and you wanna tell me “We will rave” has any authenticity at all?

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

I’ve said this before but We Will Rave is about as close as we will ever get to authentic rave. Eurovision is an enjoyable TV entertainment show, I don’t look to it for authenticity, I’m here for a good time and I really really really don’t care if Kaleen is actually singing or not.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

I care. And I hope voters will too.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

The people who matter won’t care. The 200 or so “experts” might but who cares what they think.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

I matter.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Of course you do, everyone does. I was talking in a wider Eurovision audience context.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

I hope many people if not most would care about live singing. It would be interesting to have real data on those questions, we can only speculate. Maybe many voters won’t realise how much playback Austria has. Not knowing doesn’t equal not caring though.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Whatever really. It just makes me chuckle that you are being so vindicative towards Kaleen yet one of your favourites is the epitome of why Eurovision is not an authentic music experience.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

All a human beings matter

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

How do we even know Kaleen is even the actual singer?

It could be a Milli Vanilli, Whigfield, Corona situation to fit with her 90s theme.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

She definitely strikes me as a Kaleeni Vanilli.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

This conversation has got me listening to my old school rave mix and I’m purposefully only picking the songs that have no singers, lol

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Is Nocturne in your mix from 1995?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

Nocturne (Rave Mix)

Secret Garden ft. David Guetta

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Fly On The Wings Of Love was raved up, so why not?

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

Love that track!

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I did tell you Austria would be the bottom of the barrel when it first leaked. Maybe not the song, but the playback seals that deal for me.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

I just listened to the “karaoke” on YouTube. It is identical to the ordinary version. It really gets my heckles up to see this being ignored. Of course we all knew this day would come as soon as they rammed this new “temporary” rule through.

Bronze star officially rescinded. Dishonourable discharge.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

She looks gorge though, can she keep the bronze?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

I’m sorry. The committee’s ruling is final.

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

She looks like she might benefit from eating some of Conchita’s Wurst

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I want Austria to perform after France in the grand final lol

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

They will probably put her after a joke act, like UK after Croatia last year

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

Or before…

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s not The Voice.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

The 1996 winner? It most certainly is not!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

P.S. Just joking, Kosey, I know what you mean. At least on that show all performers are expected to play by the same rules.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s about the song and it’s about visual entertainment show. It’s heavily manufactured. I personally don’t see a problem with non-live vocals as long as it is enjoyable.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

It’s not even a debate over live vocals or not. This is a serious stretch of the existing rules. These are NOT “backing” vocals.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

No Rules

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Kaleen doesn’t care what’s wrong or right

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Can you imagine Kaleen and Windows95Man swapping their staging? I would pay good money for that!

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

It’s not the drag race, either.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Never seen that programme so I wouldn’t know.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’ll answer your question with another question: What is in her contract?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Have you ever seen Death Becomes Her?

It’s like that. Kaleen drank the potion.

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

A higher number than usual are putting their lead vocals on the ‘backing track’. And they will not a get a single vote from me because if it.

ALL VOCALS SHOULD BE SUNG LIVE!

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

she doesnt need backing vocals!

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago

Georgia copies Noa, who copied Chanel, who copied Foureira, who copied Beyonce.

I do NOT want Georgia in the final. Give the place to my precious San Marino who sends great entries but struggles because it’s San Marino.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Im so fab

San Marino really don’t send great entries though. NAME THREE!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

Achille Lauro

Miodio

… that’s it.

Dickie
Dickie
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Harsh (big Valentina fan here btw)

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Dickie

I too am a big Valentina fan, just not of the Z List Ralph Siegel songs she came with.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Okay, I’ll promote Crisalide to my number three.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Maybe was maybe not so bad, either. Stand by. Those were at least ok. Crisalide was actually good.

Emily
Emily
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

I like those ones. I feel like I’m the only one who has a little soft spot in their heart for Maybe.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Emily

Me too. Deserved the top 10 imo.

Dickie
Dickie
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Thank you!

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

My fave is senit, without the h

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Georgia sent many good entries but it did not get them anywhere. So if you can’t beat them, join them. I hope Latvia will not be next.

Chingiz Tulegenov
Chingiz Tulegenov
1 month ago

San Marino, Georgia and Israel for me!

Anna
Anna
1 month ago

My final prediction SF2: Israel Q (best ballad and female vocals) Netherlands Q (boomers will vote-happy circus) Swiss Q (lgbtq will vote- great vocals) Georgia Q (well deserved-hard working girl) Armenia likely Q (happy face, mediocre song) Norway likely Q or NQ (3 minutes of the same “epic” scream-extremely boring) Belgium likely Q or NQ (unstable vocals and 8 times repetetion “the party…is over”-boring song) Greece likely Q or NQ. (She can’t dance and sing together-no time to improve physical condition) (At least one of these three will flop) Borderline battle Danemark (old fashioned, good vocals) Austria (unstable vocals or… Read more »

Anna
Anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna

Latvia NQ

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna

“LGBTQ will vote” – what you on about?

Anna
Anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

It’s clear enough.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna

Clearly stupid

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna

Boomers and Europapa? Lol. Joost’s fan base is Gen Z…. But I would be happy to see boomers voting for him.

Anna
Anna
1 month ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

Song applies to boomers. His fan base is another thing.

Seddik
Seddik
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna

I think you’re wrong. A poll in The Netherlands right after Europapa was released showed that there was absolutely no love for Europapa from people older than 50 yrs.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

To all those demanding statements from the participants, here’s one from the German guy: “why throw israel out? let’s also get russia back in. we are musicians here, we aren’t politicians here” I hope you’re as happy with it as I am. Haha I know you’re not. Damn, now I wish I liked his song. I don’t. But nice guy who hasn’t gone insane like many of you.

Span
Span
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

I like his statement. If people want to make Eurovision a political contest, by all means do us all a favor – boycott and stop watching.

sparkling points
sparkling points
1 month ago

It feels like a strong year staging-wise. Most countries have raised the bar considerably.

After rehearsals my favourite is Israel <3. My heart always swells when I listen to the song.

My second spot is occupied Czechia because I love the song more and more.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago

It’s true that most entries look good on stage. Or is it that we just see the best 30 seconds of each entry? Whatever the case, all is good.

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Hi Sparkling, i remember that you were wondering how Israel will do that spiritual immage when they are looking down on earth (the tree in the video).
When I saw the 2nd rehearsal with the circle, BAM I felt it.
It’s like we are watching up to the cloudy sky, and they are watching down on us.
Like a classical spiritual painting.
The Genesis.

This is more than Eurovision.
It’s for a Museum of Belle Arts.

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Paul, when you compare the 30 seconds to the rehearsal photos of several countries, you will see that there is even more to come.

Sally
Sally
1 month ago

They may have raised the bar in staging but sacrificed actually singing to do it. SHAME.

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
1 month ago

Netherlands nosediving in the odds…out to 18-1. Markets and observers are not buying this package?!

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark dowd

You are like a stuck record. It takes a special kind of person to take glee in something like that.

Henry
Henry
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark dowd

Yes, we know that you don’t like the Dutch entry..you already said it plenty of times here..

Musimakeup
Musimakeup
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark dowd

Just saw the end of the clip. I wasn’t a fan of the song but the staging and spoken message at the end really moved me… Very impactful in the end.. It s really growing on me..

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark dowd

I just saw Joost’s odds are again shortened. It’s the effect of the emotional ending. It will attract a looooot of votes from the public.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark dowd

Tbh I don’t think the majority of us care about the odds. We like what we like

AlexC
AlexC
1 month ago

I can’t stand the haters saying negative things about Ukraine. It’s the only country that has never failed to reach the finals, and together with Sweden, they are the most successful countries in Eurovision. They are super talented. They haven’t always been at war, and yet they’ve always placed high. I can’t imagine Eurovision without Ukraine. Jamala was one of my all-time favourite winners with her epic song. “Stefania” was also great. I loved it when it was selected before the war started. This year’s entry isn’t among my favourites, but it’s still a great song.

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexC

What exactly do you consider hater? People that don’t like the song or something else. Bcs people have right to say that they don’t like something. That is not hateful.

AlexC
AlexC
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

This has nothing to do with the song. Saying pity voting for any song they select it doesn’t seem right to me. You have to see beyond the current situation. They were always among top performing countries.

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexC

Well, song isn’t exactly cheerful. Some even consider it boring. And Ukraine won two years ago. And Ukraine can’t host. I find the song fine, but i can see why people don’t want to see Ukraine winning again.

AlexC
AlexC
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

It doesn’t matter whether they can host or not. As I said, their song this year is not among my favourites and I highly doubt they could win but still is a great performance and that gets you points. Nothing to do with pity.

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexC

You don’t think 1 million refugees voting abroad make a difference?

AlexC
AlexC
1 month ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

I wouldn’t think voting in Eurovision is the priority of any refugees.

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexC

You think they are all cowering in a corner in poland? Get real. They will vote trust me

Anthony
Anthony
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexC

Sorry but although Stefania was nice song; they didn’t deserve around 400 points 🙁 Since then, everyone has the right to become again pity voting.

I liked staging of their song this year but again, their song gives war theme vibes.
Everyone has the right to dislike any other song.

AlexC
AlexC
1 month ago
Reply to  Anthony

2022 it was a bit difficult to judge, I get it. Still a great song. But UK did not deserve first place either. Stefania was far more impactful and unique. Last year’s entry had no reference to war but they were getting the same comments about pity votes.

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexC

Last years song got 4th in the televote yet was polling around 20th constantly. It’s called refugees abroad. Get your head out the sand

Dickie
Dickie
1 month ago

Whatever you think of the songs, the staging this year is exceptional. These were all great, but San Marino, Georgia and I must say, Netherlands, stand out. So happy to see the touching close to Joost’s song has made it to the contest. Norway are always fantastic of course and Israel are great too. The standard is so high.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

Norway is comfortably winning this semi

Henry
Henry
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

Not at all..

Eurofan23
Eurofan23
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

And Switzerland? And The Netherlands? Or even Greece… There is not a sure winner, at my point.

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan23

Switzerland not a chance. I think top 3 in this semi is pretty obviously Norway, Netherlands and Israel.

Anna
Anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

Lol…

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago

I’m sorry but Netherlands seemed so underwhelming after all other recaps….nq?

Henry
Henry
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

Sure qualifier and you know that….

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry

I really don’t, without considering esc bubble and their hype, odds, from casual viewer standpoint it’s not engaging enough. And the story looks so forced, I don’t think the vision translated well…

Henry
Henry
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

You can think that, no problem. but it will not happen.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

Did you forget it’s televote only? Just look at the voting patterns from the last couple years, he is obviously winning the semi.

You may not like the staging, but the audience will go berserk and that will definitely translate to viewers at home. And don’t forget, 40m+ Spotify streams and 20m+ Youtube views…. People will know this song.

Dirk
Dirk
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry

yes because there is no jury

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

Maybe to you, but according to the odds he still has a 58% chance of winning the semi. I don’t see this changing.

Marco
Marco
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

It is smart to make nq cnclusions from 30 seconds clip which were obviuolsly hiding something.

Eve
Eve
1 month ago

Norway and Belgium. I liked San Marino, Estonia and Israel as well

Leo M
Leo M
1 month ago

San Marino and Georgia looked the best, I’m positive Georgia is a sure qualifier now while I am now not so certain about Belgium and Estonia

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

San Marino – I’m not sure what it is about black and pink and the fluffy animals but I’m finding this a bit triggering. I’m loving how much effort has gone into it. Georgia – this is Noa Kirel’s Unicorn from last year but I have to admit, Nutsa does it exceptionally well and Georgia have not spared any expense with the fire, it looks visually stunning Belgium – perhaps my favourite performance of this song so far, Mustii is emoting this really well and there’s an honesty about it that I really like Estonia – bringing the testosterone, this… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Eden and the dancers look so beautiful and I’m sure their performance will be out of this world impressive.

Anna
Anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Not out if this world….relax. Surely is the best ballad this year and deserves top10.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

It’s one of the best songs Israel has ever sent. It’s a touching ballad and I can relate to it (in no political way, whatsoever). Her vocals can be improved but the song is veeery emotional.

ZorraHuracanada
ZorraHuracanada
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

All of this entry is beautiful. Israel must be proud of her!

Eurofan23
Eurofan23
1 month ago

Two biggest surprises for this year:
Portugal- Top 10 (????)
The Netherlands- Winner/Top 3 (despite rehearsal)
(Attention: this is just a prediction!)

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan23

Let me guess, you are Portuguese?

Eurofan23
Eurofan23
1 month ago
Reply to  Im so fab

hehehe yes

Span
Span
1 month ago

Georgia and Israel had the best rehearsals.

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago

My final prediction SF2:
Norway
Greece
Georgia
Netherlands
Switzerland
Armenia
Malta
Belgium
San Marino
Estonia

Semi 2 winner Norway, and i expect Armenia in top 5 of this semi alongside Greece , Netherlands and Switzerland

Andrew Tate McRae
Andrew Tate McRae
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

Austria instead of Belgium probably

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
1 month ago

OFC, Mustii does have a good voice. Kaleen doesnt.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago

No, instead of Malta

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

In my opinion Denmark will qualify. I agree about Austria being an NQ as of now though

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

Yeah i was thinking between Denmark and San Marino for final spot. San Marino impressed me today with rehearsal

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

My prediction for second semi final

Q

Greece
Switzerland
Denmark
Armenia
Georgia
Belgium
Estonia
Israel
Norway
Netherlands

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

NQ

Malta
Albania
Czechia
Austria
Latvia
San Marino

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

Yeah that’s my prediction as well as of noa

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

*now

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

Austria should be DQ

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

This could be happen…

Anthony
Anthony
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

I don’t think Denmark will qualify; Albania even has more chance due to their diaspora

LUO
LUO
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

Imo, expect Albania to qualify. She is in my personal bottom 3, but she got a strong diaspora lineup. She has around 50-60 secured points

Adam
Adam
1 month ago

Georgia and Nutsa should be in final, more – for me is TOP 3 or even a winner vibes based on this around 30 seconds from rehersals.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

Others: fire themes have been done to death at Eurovision but Georgia looks really good regardless. Estonia didn’t impress me at all. San Marino is ok. The Netherlands should be nowhere near winning Eurovision this year. This like an unfunny cartoon character.

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

San Marino’s song is not for me at all, but the craziness in the staging might at least make it have some chances, though I highly doubt it will go through. Georgia is serving the best girl-bop staging so I think they are surely going to qualify (even if they wouldn’t be my personal choice). This puts Austria in trouble I think. I think Belgium has improved a lot, though I would want the staging to be more atmospheric like in the video clip (it may be this way in the more introspective verses who knows). Belgium can go both… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

I would say Malta has got a lot more to worry about than Austria. I see Nutsa and Sarah to be going for a very similar vibe, Kaleen is going more for the sophisticated model at the dark club vibe.

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

I agree that Malta has even less chances than Austria to Q but I think Austria is also in trouble.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

I don’t think we’ve seen the best bit of Austria as yet – I may be proved wrong but I think Kaleen will easily go through to the final

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

By. No. Means.

Retkoceri
Retkoceri
1 month ago

Megara is qualifying for SURE
Let’s GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
biggest grower for me

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

My top 3: 1: Victory should be Norway’s for the taking. They’re the best. 2: I also liked my other fave Israel, I think we haven’t seen the best part yet. 3: Surprisingly, I also liked Belgium, it seems like he really recovered. Though we haven’t seen any of the first two minutes and that’s where he blew completely before. I hope those are good too now.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

Why is there no article here for johnny logan interval act of semi final 1?

Definitely going to be fab, he still has great live vocals tbh

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Yes, interesting that. But I guess B Ingrosso is more memorable to viewers. Perhaps Bambie will chase Johnny around with her broomstick.

Jessie
Jessie
1 month ago

Ukraine and Netherlands both will split pity votes so Italy or Switzerland may win.

Marco
Marco
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessie

More like Netherlands and Croatia will split pity votes. Ukraine is decent

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago
Reply to  Marco

Marco, i can sense that you are Italian hahahha.

Marco
Marco
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

False

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessie

Lol why would Netherlands need any pity votes?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

Geert Wilders .

Anthony
Anthony
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessie

Agree with Ukraine but why Netherlands?

Jessie
Jessie
1 month ago
Reply to  Anthony

You can just look at the end of Joost’s song. I mean just sing your song dont play family card for more pity votes. Song is pure trash so he has to do that way.

Eurofan23
Eurofan23
1 month ago

Only one question, I want to know your opinion: The jury votes for Israel. What jury is going to give points to Israel? I’m not saying they shouldn’t give points to Israel, just saying it is hard to happen, at my point.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan23

I don’t see juries of western counties voting for Israel, mainly because of public pressure. Not sure about the other areas of Europe.

Eurofan23
Eurofan23
1 month ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

So that’s hard to see Israel having a good result.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan23

True. Perhaps more middle of the scoreboard.

Eurofan23
Eurofan23
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan23

I only said that because I didn´t listened to anyone talking about this.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan23

I can see most of Israel’s points coming from the juries. It’s their job to vote on a song regardless of anything.

Televote will the one to look at though

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Sure, it’s what the jury is supposed to do, but they will absolutely not. Have you forgotten how Greece and Cyprus’ juries always give each other 12 points? And how the Italian juries don’t give the favorites any points, when Italy is a contender to win? Western jury members are often well know artist, producers, or radio dj’s, and they will not risk getting canceled in their own country. So, they’re not gonna give Israel points.

Ivan
Ivan
1 month ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

Italian juries don’t give favorites any points? last year the b4byk1llers came third thanks to Italy’s 12 points from the jury. if they hadn’t done that, it would have been Marco in that place

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
1 month ago
Reply to  Ivan

Last year there were only 2 clear contenders for the win: Sweden and Finland. I’m talking about 2019. That year was a toss up between Mahmood and Duncan, and Duncan received 0 points from Italy. Also, 0 points to Gjon’s Tears in 2021….

Ivan
Ivan
1 month ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

it’s still an exaggeration to say they “never give favorites any points”. Sweden got 8 points from the Italian jury last year. and if someone’s a favorite doesn’t mean everyone has to agree it deserves a victory anyway. that’s it.

Ivan
Ivan
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

let’s hope the televote does its job at the semi then. you won’t have to worry about juries if Israel gets its deserved nq in the semi

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Ivan

If there’s any humanity left…

Anna
Anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan23

Depends of the political view of the members. Leftists, communists and liberals won’t vote for Israel for sure.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan23

Perhaps not high points but you can’t be an objective judge if you don’t award at least some points to the song, it’s a very powerful emotional yet dynamic ballad.

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Jury votes are published online. All kinds of people and institutions are already pressured by certain mob groups who are harrassing and cancelling them, even for them staying Neutral. Jury members working in the music industry may be afraid to be harrassed and cancelled by that mob as well. Even if jury members love Israel’s song and would rate it 12, some may give no or few points, and just vote for other songs. That’s the safe way (but the coward way). And then ofcourse there are those jury members who want to exclude Israel, like some participating artists wanted.… Read more »

ZorraHuracanada
ZorraHuracanada
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan23

This a MUSIC contest, and they are in theory music professionals… Should vote for her because of her talent.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago

Really impressed by San Marino and Georgia.
The camera angles of Norway could be better though.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
1 month ago

We still haven’t really seen anything of Europapa, so trust the process! We’ve seen about 20% of the act. This is also an act that heavily relies on the interaction with the audience, and we are missing this component now. So about what we’ve seen today: the outro is absolutely stunning. Hopefully the audience can control themselves and not ruin this. The last couple of seconds of the hardstyle part that we saw was a little underwhelming. But then again, we are missing the audience and perhaps the beginning of the hardstyle part is so intense, that we need this… Read more »

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

You people are going to continue this copium even after the contest is over

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
1 month ago

Norway remains my favourite among the ones rehearsing today and I’m glad they are keeping the same concept with MGP because I think it’s brilliant. I also enjoyed San Marino and Estonia, and Netherlands is actually better than I was fearing of. Georgia’s song isn’t my cup of tea although I admit that Nutsa is a great performer – I think the song competes with Malta for the best dance break routine of the season. Israel looks fine, while Belgium is unfortunately underwhelming and one of my biggest disappointments this year since I really like the song. That’s a very… Read more »

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago

Prediction

Q:
Estonia
Netherlands
Georgia
Greece 
Armenia
Switzerland
Norway
Denmark
Austria
Israel

NQ:
11-San Marino
12-Belgium
13-Latvia
14-Malta
15-Czechia
16-Albania

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago
Reply to  Eyal

I might have snapped at your reply towards me previously but I’ll admit here that I have THE SAME EXACT prediction as you do! I really can see Belgium struggle but I’m afraid for Estonia.

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Efthymios

For me Belgium, Malta and San Marino will make it out of the SF based on the material published 2day.
On the expense of Denmark, Austria and Israel. Also Estonia could be a borderline Qualifier.
We will see.
Very exciting indeed.

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Efthymios

To me, Belgium was not convincing compared to the “extra something” brought by at least 10 other acts. There is something not smooth in his performance, and I didn’t like the microphones.

I guess it’s between Norway and Netherlands all the way.

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago

Norway is winning.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

Norway, Estonia, San Marino

AlexC
AlexC
1 month ago

Best rehearsal of the year : Georgia
Not a winning song but they deserve Top 10.

Marco
Marco
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexC

They will be NQ. Who is listening to such cringe music nowadays? It looks like sketch from the fire saga movie starring Will Farrell

AlexC
AlexC
1 month ago
Reply to  Marco

They are sure qualifier. To answer your question, Eurovision is the birth place of cringe and kitsch. That’s said, It’s the most entertaining event of the year.

Marco
Marco
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexC

Kitsch is Netherlands. And it is funny and listenable. There are guilty pleasure songs and there are songs which you always skip. Georgia in my opinion is the second option. So you enjoy listening to it in full sound, but be honest please