The first semi-final came and went, and with it 10 lucky acts qualified for the final. But what impact have these songs had on the iTunes chart? Let’s take a look.
The big winner for iTunes is Russia, with “You Are The Only One” appearing on the iTunes chart of 16 countries, including the No.1 spot in Mother Russia. It’s also reached No.15 in host country Sweden, and No.16 in neighbouring Belarus.
Next on the list is a song that was only briefly performed in the semi-final – Sweden‘s Frans with “If I Were Sorry”. It is charting in ten countries, though it was a favourite in many of those countries even before the semi-final.
France‘s brief appearance at the semi also made an impact, with “J’ai cherché” charting in nine countries, including No.7 in France. It’s charted in French-speaking Belgium and Switzerland, but is also doing well in other European countries — and the tiny island of Mauritius!
The contest’s other French song, “Loin d’ici” is charting in nine countries, reaching No.10 in Sweden, and No.20 in Austria, showing Zoe’s song is not just a fan favourite.
Other songs charting in several countries includes, Cyprus‘ “Alter Ego”, the Netherlands‘ “Slow Down”, and Hungary‘s “Pioneer”.
Most of the other charting songs feature only in their home countries, but there is the odd situation of Serhat’s “I Didn’t Know” charting at No.19 in Armenia, while local girl Iveta Mukychyan has only managed No.80 with “LoveWave”.
But what does the iTunes chart tell us? It means different things in different countries, especially as more people get their music from streaming services such as Spotify. But the changes seen in the iTunes chart after the first semi-final can still be considered an indication of at least where some of the popularity is lying.