Russia, Polina Gagarina, 1

Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw, Italy’s Il Volo and Australia’s Guy Sebastian may be the bookies’ favourites to win Eurovision 2015, but when it comes to YouTube views Russia’s Polina Gagarina comes out on top. She’s racked up an impressive 3.5 million views on the official Eurovision.tv YouTube channel. Does this indicate a win for Russia? That’s hard to predict as there are several limiting factors to using YouTube views as an indicator (we outline some of these below). Last year Aram MP3 had the most views ahead of the contest, but ultimately finished fourth. Conchita Wurst was second — and she went on to win.

You can take a look at all the views of the competitors. Countries are ranked here on the basis of their video with the most views on Eurovision.tv only. This means no VEVO or uploads by other people.

Please note: This information is correct as of 14:00 BST on Saturday, 2 May, 2015.

Eurovision stars ranked by Eurovision views

1. Russia: 3,544,377 views
2. Albania: 2,453,315 views
3. Azerbaijan: 1,843,427 views
4. United Kingdom: 1,639,652 views
5. Armenia: 1,334,382 views
6. Estonia : 1,043,774 views
7. Australia: 1,003,174 views
8. Belgium: 957,089 views
9. Georgia: 952,977 views
10. Spain: 861,698 views
11. Italy: 825,947 views
12. Israel: 815,209 views
13. Belarus: 784,942 views
14. FYR Macedonia: 711,882 views
15. Iceland: 665,768 views
16. Montenegro: 639,141 views
17. Norway: 569,502 views
18. Malta: 526,547 views
19. Moldova: 508,377 views
20. Germany: 505,184 views
21. Austria: 501,477 views
22. Slovenia: 474,210 views
23. Serbia: 444,608 views
24. Netherlands: 425,870 views
25. Czech Republic: 369,210 views
26. Greece: 351,939 views
27. Lithuania: 351,465 views
28. Sweden: 350,421 views
29. Romania: 339,576 views
30. France: 306,254 views
31. Finland: 298,210 views
32. Latvia: 279,269 views
33. Switzerland: 252,672 views
34. Hungary: 252,260 views
35. San Marino: 234,350 views
36. Denmark: 220,697 views
37. Poland: 215,906 views
38. Cyprus: 208,758 views
39. Portugal: 203,527 views
40. Ireland: 201,339 views

Obvious Limitations

Different YouTube videos were uploaded at different times. Videos uploaded earlier have had a longer time to clock up views. Some contestants also upload their YouTube video to their personal YouTube channel, which may have more or less views than the official Eurovision.tv views.

Currently, seven countries (Russia, Albania, Azerbaijan, United Kingdom, Armenia, Estonia and Australia) have more than one million views. However, we cannot be certain how many of these views come from outside their own respective countries.

Albania is sitting in second place, with over one million less views than Polina. That’s very respectable — especially when you consider how much smaller Albania’s population is than Russia’s (2.7 million vs. 144 million).

Favourite Mans Zelmerlow sits in 28th position, but as you’ll recall his official video was yanked following a copyright warning over his stick figure. He had to start over at zero. Finland, another favourite, is not even in the top 30 in views.

Sitting in last place at the moment is Ireland’s Molly Sterling, more than two thousand views behind next to last Leonar Andrade.

We will update the standings in the coming weeks. Do you think that a country should have more or less views than it has? Tell us why in the comments section!

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Joyce
Joyce
6 years ago

No thats because there are so many Russians:))

Adams
Adams
6 years ago

It may be set up for Russia to win in order to calm down a little a situation in that part of the world.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

YouTube views mean nothing. Donatan and Cleo had over 46 million views for their official video release of “My S?owianie” before last year’s ESC; yet they finished 14th.

#MZHeroes ?
#MZHeroes ?
6 years ago

Mans so low? He have 1,227,349 views

bavarson
bavarson
6 years ago

“A Million Voices” is the best song and the best entry of all time in ESC. The advantage in televoting will be huge. If Russia does not win, it will be the biggest crime in history of the universe.

Fotis
Fotis
6 years ago

If you calculate the views of all the videos of Greece,Greece has over a million views.

Adam
Adam
6 years ago

This song wont do well with the juries, most likely it will be the same situation with them in 2013 where they were only ranked 10th with their peace song.

If someone wants to put in the effort, then they can calculate the number of views across all different youtube uploads to make it more accurate. But yeah, then you have to do all that extra stuff about uneven number of youtube uploads per country, the date when they were uploaded, etc.

Auggie
Auggie
6 years ago

Although the song is really cute and the message does not suit well to its specific country, Russia is sending quite a good song though. I mean, I seriously hate the hipocricy they take on this event; they think we’re all dumb, but anyway. Russia, Albania, Australia and Azerbaijan can all do Top 10 with no problems.
Still, YouTube is not the best ranking source there is, period.
Hoping that Spain finaaaaaaaally wins this year, that’s all.

Luigi
Luigi
6 years ago

Hope the regards from Finland dont get through hahaa pretty sure people with down syndrome die easily then normal ones soo fingers crossed!!

Luigi
Luigi
6 years ago

Il snooozvol need to go away dont get how people can be so tone death and like this rubbish how sweet Russia song may be we are forgetting that this place is full of homophobes. And she’s one of them sad that people seem to be forgetting this YouTube views are nothing at the end of the day Albania is the winner. Cobchita who I have to say was the worst winner in Eurovision history didn’t have all the love but she won because she was a he If you don’t think Albania should win you are tone death.

Adams
Adams
6 years ago

What about 22.875.477 views of Italy’s Il Volo – “Grande amore” on youtube – vevo?

FrancESCa
FrancESCa
6 years ago

it’s LEONOR!!!!!!!!! Please fix it!!!
L.E.O.N.O.R!!

Daniel
Daniel
6 years ago

I don’t think the YouTube views on the channel say if the song is going to win or not. Russia is one of the most biggest countries in the world, so yeah, of course their song is going to have many views.

Some songs are just not seen until the Semi Finals.

Dmitriy
Dmitriy
6 years ago

10 May 2014

1) Austria >4 687 000
2) Armenia- >3 703 868
3) Poland- >1 919 708
4) Azerbaijan- >1 637 242
5) Malta->1 601 113
6) Ukraine- >1 262 885
7) Spaine- >1 192 558
8) Montenegro- >1 187 161
9) Russia- >1 181 996
10) Italy- >1 126 117

Allen
Allen
6 years ago

This doesn’t tell too much, there are other chanels other than Eurovision. Il Volo has 20 million views on their own chanel, Polish representative has more than 1 million views on her own chanel and so on.

Eugene ESC UK
6 years ago

The link below only uses the MOST viewed video on Youtube; it’s a very useful site for all ESC fans and is an essential guide. It provides the current situations on:-

1) iTunes charts
2) Youtube videos
3) Bookie odds
4) OGAE poll results

http://esctracker.com/youtube

Oh……………….ITALY currently lead on 3 and are 2nd on the fourth, still early days of course!!

Paraoxonase
Paraoxonase
6 years ago

I think there is a mistake in the ranking order :
“10. Italy: 825,947 views
11. Spain: 861,698 views “

ANDREA
ANDREA
6 years ago

Hey people. All the musican experts, predict Albania as a favourite to win. She is going to win for sure. Go Elhaida!

WhyNot
WhyNot
6 years ago
Est Euro
6 years ago

Yes Yes Yes Albania hope you will win! Tirana 2016? Maybe……

Mar
Mar
6 years ago

Why wouldn’t people want Russia to win if they deserve to (not that I’m saying they do this year)? Russia gave us the best Eurovision of all times in 2009, OF ALL TIMES (in case you couldn’t tell over the internet, that was a Kanye impersonation). Anyway, artists that are “big” outside Eurovision, ala Edurner, Il Volo, Voltaj, etc, get a lot more views on their own channel than the other one, so the “official” number of views doesn’t really mean a thing. I wish Italy’s 20 million views could translate into an automatic win, but we had the exact… Read more »

JoshBessa
JoshBessa
6 years ago

That is not right because Spain has 1.8M in the Edurne’s youtube channel and 800k in the Eurovision’s youtube channel!

Pastora Soler haha!
Pastora Soler haha!
6 years ago

Il Volo is probably the most succesful song, BUT… most of their views are from Latin America.

And Latin America can’t vote.

I think Estonia is the most succesful song, according to the population of their country and the views on youtube.

Pastora Soler haha!
Pastora Soler haha!
6 years ago

But you only mention the views on eurovision youtube account…

Edurne, has 1.714.000 on her official account
Same situation for Romania etc.

And is not the same the views in countries with the population of Russia – or the big5 countries – than Estonia, Eslovenia, Georgia… or San Marino!

Giorgos
Giorgos
6 years ago

*a win for Italy!!

Giorgos
Giorgos
6 years ago

The only reason Russia has that many views is because of the country’s population! They’re not gonna win! My prediction is for Italy!!

Thales
Thales
6 years ago

Let’s not forget that Russia have more than 140 milion people.
And the Il Volo’s video on their channel (IlVoloVevo) have more than 22 milion views.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1f6o1HQBvg

LeBron
LeBron
6 years ago

The reason only this channel counts and only this one is actually presentable is because the individual channels are full of fans only and fans watch videos there time and time again. For example the Italians channel has like 1 million subscribers but the video has 10+ million views.

Mario
Mario
6 years ago

Well only the views on the official channel of EuroVision count here..
Not any other channels..
It would be wise to count the real views of any entry of the 40 in all channels but this is not possible to happen..

The no1 most popular country’s song in youtube is undeniably the one of ITALY…By far even from all the others…ITALY is expected to win the OGAE voting as well….And we will see if the Italians gonna win the Diamond Vision too..

Marco Antonio
Marco Antonio
6 years ago

Yes its based on Eurovision channel views, but lets be honest “Grande Amore” its by far the most popular song of 2015 contest… They can easily get more than 100.000.000 views after the contest

paco
6 years ago

A una pitonisa con su bola de cristal predijo que iva a ganar España

Erzen
Erzen
6 years ago

I don’t think Albania’s views come from albanians. Albanians are not really interested in Eurovision. Check our past entries, even Rona’s view has less views than Elhaida’s. We would have supported our entries with views every year.

This is not true for Russia though. Last year the twins got about 15M views if I am not wrong.

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

I really hope Elhaida Dani will lift the trophy. Nothing would make me happier! <3 One of my favourite songs ever!

LPL
LPL
6 years ago

Polish song have a lot more views, because the video is also uploaded on Monika’s channel.

Anfrufrafrafra
6 years ago

Songs like Amanecer have a lot more views, because the videoclip is also uploaded in the oficial vevo account and when you search “Amanecer” on youtube, the first result is the Vevo one.
And btw, things need to change in Russia, i don’t like them at all participating with all of us pretending we’re on the same pack, even australia fits europe more than them.

David Thielen
6 years ago

There’s 10+ songs that could win depending on their staging. Until we see that this is all wild guesses and partially dependent on how good a video they did.

As to people clearing their browser cache to up the count – why would anyone spend time doing that?

Daniel_2015
Daniel_2015
6 years ago

William, I don’t know where you get your information from, but Voltaj’s official video has more tha 3.305 million views!

Daniel
Daniel
6 years ago

The views mean nothing. Before, the UK were leading with the amount of views.

Yesman
Yesman
6 years ago

The views really don’t say much at all. In the case of Russia,Im pretty sure that over half the views are from Russians themselves.
Albania probably has a lot of Albanian views too (Still a pretty big number).
Azerbajian seems logical.
Armenia probably mostly has Armenian views.
UK seems logical to me.
Estonia’s video has a huge foreign view count, since most Estonians already listened to the song a lot on Stig Rästas channel (1.850 000 views).

Of course we can’t really know, this is all speculation. This is just my take on this

Frank21
Frank21
6 years ago

Is begin to be boring with this all around Rusia and Albania , i personally dont like any from this songs , and they are really no taht good to win and also no to be high , i hope

Vicente Chen
Vicente Chen
6 years ago

As mentioned above, some singers upload his/her/their video on their own youtube channel, so this prediction ? the result for sure. However, Elhaida’s I’m Alive is really impressive, even in my country Taiwan there’s a lyrics-translated video! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cj3o1CnnuM)

And finally, I hope Molly’s gonna perform well in Vienna! Love her beautiful song 🙂

bavarson
bavarson
6 years ago

It is good that Russia has popular video, because we have 2015 and now this is very important factor.

PP
PP
6 years ago

Same situation is for video views from eurovision.tv you tube chanel, like as voting in polls at wiwiblogs. Many can manipulate with numbers of votes, watch video…

PP
PP
6 years ago

GSelaj

Albania dont have 8 milions, in 2012 they have 3,020,209 people who lives ther. And I think Albania have most fake number of views . You can clear history and coockies from computer and wath and waths same video in many times to bulid huge viewes for video.

Toti
Toti
6 years ago

@ PP – Right, each resident of Albania HAD to watch the video,that’s how it got the views 😉 You are so right

Mario ~ Its NOT Russia 2016 for me..
Mario ~ Its NOT Russia 2016 for me..
6 years ago

Well i do not think that Polina can win in Vienna though.. She can finish on rather high place in the top10 possibly but i do not expect Russia to get the 2nd victory 4 its nation in the Diamond Vision.. She has great angelic voice but her song is NOT winning one truly.. She will do great on the OGAE voting finishing on very high place in fan clubs as her song is very good 🙂 The number of views in youtube doesn’t mean anything 4 me.. Italy’s song on another uploaded youtube channel has over 22 milions views…… Read more »

PP
PP
6 years ago

In first TOP 5 only Azerbaijan wili be in TOP 5 or TOP 3 in final, Russia 80 % chance to be from 6 to 10 place in final. I dont see Albania in TOP 5 or TOP 10 in final. Estonia is on 6 place ( i preditc from 4 or 5 place in final, because I predict Australia or Sweden wlil win thanks to juries and EBU, Azerbaijna wili be on 3 rd place thanks to votes from 7 countries from ex soviet union, many votes from turksih diaspora and votes from buying some televote or juries vote).… Read more »

Menelaus
Menelaus
6 years ago

I hope Russia will never win Eurovision again.

GSelaj
6 years ago

Of course, because Russia is the bigest state in Europ. But what about Albania!!!Such a small contry with less then 8milion people, is second… It means that Albania’s song is the most favorite song to win this year…