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All 36 semifinalists have now rehearsed for the first time. Let’s take a look at the output of the daily press polls and try to get a better image on our Semifinals!

The Press Poll is a prediction toll introduced by ESCToday in 2015 in order to get a summary of each day of first rehearsals by presenting a simple question total of 35 members of the press in the press centre: Which three countries had the best three rehearsals today? Based on vocals, staging, backdrops, camera work and choreography. From each voter, five points are awarded to the first place, three to the second and one to the third. The maximum amount of points that a country can get is 175, with the record so far being 119 for Ukraine in 2016.

The poll is used mainly to show trends and get a first prediction regarding this year’s ESC. It is also stands as a reflection for delegations to understand whether they are on the right way or if some actions should be taken prior to the upcoming rehearsals.

In 2016, the press poll has managed to predict 18 out of the 20 qualifiers as well as the exact top 3 of the final in the right order (Ukraine-Australia-Russia).

As votes for each day are given separately, it is impossible to simply sort the countries by the total result. Further analysis must be taken into account, and luckily we did that for you!

Let’s take a look at this year’s results, and divide the countries into three groups:

  • D (Direct Qualification) – Countries with a strong first rehearsal that should qualify to the final without problems.
  • S (Swinging Qualification) – Countries that should qualify depends on improvement in further rehearsals or further less predictable factors as voting patterns.
  • N (Non Qualification) – Countries that are unlikely to qualify without huge improvements or should qualify based on less predictable factors.

In both semifinals, the first half is stronger than the second one. Hence, countries from the first half with lower score might end up higher than countries with higher score from the second half.

Semifinal 1

CountryEntryScore
1DArmeniaArtsvikFly with me100
2DFinlandNorma JohnBlackbird72
3DMoldovaSunStroke ProjectHey mamma!69
4DAzerbaijanDihaj Skeletons65
5DPortugalSalvador Sobral Amar pelos dois64
6DSwedenRobin Bengtsson I can’t go on39
7DAustraliaIsaiahDon’t come easy37
8SCyprusHovigGravity40
9SLatviaTriana Park Line30
10SGreeceDemyThis is love22
11SPolandKasia MośFlashlight20
12SSloveniaOmar NaberOn my way17
13NMontenegroSlavko KalezićSpace16
14NGeorgiaTamara GachechiladzeKeep the faith13
15NIcelandSvalaPaper11
16NAlbaniaLinditaWorld9
17NCzech RepublicMartina BártaMy turn6
18NBelgiumBlancheCity lights0

Semifinal 2

CountryEntryScore
1DBulgariaKristian Kostov Beautiful mess97
2DAustriaNathan TrentRunning on air79
3DRomaniaIlinca and Alex Florea Yodel it!72
4DThe NetherlandsOG3NELights and shadows54
5DHungaryJoci PápaiOrigo39
6DCroatiaJacques HoudekMy friend50
7DEstoniaKoit Toome & LauraVerona43
8DBelarusNAVIBANDStory of my life43
9SDenmarkAnja Where I am29
10SNorwayJOWSTGrab the moment30
11SSan MarinoValentina Monetta & Jimmie WilsonSpirit of the night27
12SFYR MacedoniaJana BurčeskaDance alone18
13SIsraelIMRI I feel alive16
14NIrelandBrendan MurrayDying to try14
15NMaltaClaudia FanielloBreathlessly10
16NSwitzerlandTimebelleApollo6
17NSerbiaTijana BogićevićIn too deep0
18NLithuaniaFusedmarcRain of revolution3

The Press poll will continue on Friday, 5 May, with the first rehearsals of the host country and the big 5, and will come back for a final round at the jury final on 12 May to check who will win the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

Stay tuned to ESCToday for more news regarding the Eurovision Song Contest 2017!

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