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Italy’s Francesco Gabbani, Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov, Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson and Belgium’s Blanche may be the bookies’ favourites to win Eurovision 2017. But when it comes to YouTube views on the official Eurovision YouTube account, then Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson comes out on top. He’s racked up an impressive 1.87 million views on the channel, despite being one of the last acts uploaded to the playlist. Belgium’s Blanche is not too far behind and currently lags by only 48,035 views. At the other end of the leaderboard, Lithuania’s “Rain of Revolution” is sitting in last place with 84,053 — a distant 25,225 views behind second-from-last Georgia with “Keep the Faith”.

Does this indicate a win for Robin? That’s hard to predict as there are several limiting factors to using YouTube views as an indicator. We outline some of these below. You can take a look at all the views of this year’s acts below. 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 and National Broadcaster’s. BIG NOTE: Francesco Gabbani’s original music video (of the non-Eurovision version of his song) has more than 75 million views, but more on that below…

Eurovision stars ranked by YouTube Views

Please note: This information is correct as of 10:30 BST on Tuesday 28th March, 2017.

1. Sweden 1,871,627
2. Belgium 1,823,592
3. Russia 1.403,301
4. FYR Macedonia 1,335,117
5. Bulgaria 1,331,888
6. Serbia 1,270,585
7. San Marino 1,031,747
8. Australia 1,004,740
9. The Netherlands 997,382
10. France 992,098
11. Cyprus 924,173
12. Azerbaijan 886,261
13. Armenia 860,206
14. Germany 773,603
15. Austria 706,237
16. Denmark 651, 626
17. Montenegro 651,352
18. Norway 572,101
19. United Kingdom 584,520
20. Portugal 507,431
21. Italy 441,636
22. Greece 439,764
23. Romania 436,228
24. Belarus 433,837
25. Hungary 427,682
26. Switzerland 407,542
27. Ireland 376,862
28. Albania 368,751
29. Israel 367,829
30. Moldova 355,402
31. Latvia 307,669
32. Poland 282,187
33. Iceland 225,373
34. Malta 221,466
35. Spain 180,348
36. Ukraine 172,266
37. Finland 171,360
38. Croatia 164,545
39. Czech Republic 156,665
40. Estonia 156,005
41. Slovenia 126,814
42. Georgia 109,278
43. Lithuania 85,053

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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, eight countries (Sweden, Belgium, Russia, FYR Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, San Marino, Australia) have more than one million views. However, we cannot be certain how many of these views come from outside their respective countries.

We should point out some obvious outliers.

Portugal’s entry from Salvador Sobral has clocked a combined two million views for his semi-final and final performances of “Amar Pelos Dois”, which are published on RTP’s YouTube channel.

Elsewhere, even though Italy only ranks 21st in views on the Eurovision channel, Francesco Gabbani’s Sanremo performance has garnered over 5 million views on Eurovision.tv but these number’s aren’t part of the standings above. Additionally, his official video for the song (the non-Eurovision version) has more than 75 million views.

San Marino’s “Spirit of The Night” has unexpectedly shot up the leader board to 7th position with 1,031,747 views and in a very short amount of time.

The leaderboard will be updated as we count down the weeks to Eurovision 2017. Do you think Sweden will take the win? Or is this really just a race to second place given Italy’s success with his original music video? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Justin K.
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Justin K.

I’m glad FYR Macedonia is up there, but I’m wondering if their view count is still low because it’s FYR Macedonia? If not even the Eurofans expected them to Do That, who else would believe that they released a banger? Spotify views won’t help either considering FYR Macedonia still isn’t up there…

San Marino is also a little dodgy, since it’s hard to believe it going nuclear with almost a 1300% increase in daily views…

I still think Sweden is a bit like Russia 2016—it’ll do well with one group (most likely the public), but the juries might mark it down…

Pierre V
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Pierre V

Is anybody surprised by the number of views for the Netherlands? Almost 1 million views on Youtube and relative high ranking on the Spotify list. Either the song is a big succes in the home country or it’s momentum is already changing and could this become this years underdog like the Netherlands did in 2014?

Po
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Po

No, no they don’t.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

That’s statistically inaccurate, as several videos uploaded on other official channels (like Italy’s) have 30x more views.

M_K
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M_K

@ Blair

I agree. If San Marino were represented by a different artist with a different song, the reaction might be different.

Blair
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Blair

Ireland is underestimated and I don’t understand the hate for Valentinas 4th time.
If it was Loreen with her fake hair and overestimated song/s you would be in awe.

fikri
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fikri

@domin: lol if francesco wanna rip-off someone’s coreography, that eurovision flop barei is the last person he’s going to copy i imagine.

Feleshya
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Feleshya

For sure

Gippa
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Gippa

I don’t get the hate for San Marino, good for them, it’s a happy dance song with a retro vibe, honestly I prefer this one to a lot of others with excess on electronic sounds. And for Italy of course the majority of the views are Italians but 75 (80 if you count also the national performance on Eurovision channel) in so few weeks is huge also for us (the second and the third winner of this year have “only” 20 million views). It’s true that in Italy this song has gone viral (you just need to look at how… Read more »

Domin
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Domin

Nobody says that he has copied the dance steps of barei? , The Swedish song is not anything out of the world, it looks like so many of today’s radios

Indonesian ESC Fan
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Indonesian ESC Fan

Compared to Francesco’s 5.4 mil?

Sasha
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Sasha

Juries will grant Australia the win, mark ny word. They’re prolly fed up with the eurodrama, plus second place hosts with half the cost. Incentive incentive.

Eve
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Eve

Why would San Marino pay for extra views, it doesn’t make sense, they”ll flop anyway, wasted money, lol

Milla
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Milla

@Marc
Was Frans more popular than Robin on Eurovisions official youtube account last year? I can’t remember it.. If I remember he was far behind others. And people wrote how bad it was.

Mar
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Mar

If there’s anything Youtube views predict, it’s a televote win for Italy, so nothing we didn’t already know. Same thing happened with Sergei and Il Volo.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Wow about Macedonia (or whatever you want to call it) – Jana is doing so well! 🙂

San Marino, hmmm. Has someone been paying for extra views again? I wonder who that could be… (clue: it’s not me.) The other possibility is that it’s just a combination of Valentina fans and Jimmie fans learning about the song at the exact same time. Somehow. :S

peaceman
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peaceman

@nouxnoux ,ok great I wanted just to know,
peace my eurovision friend

Marc
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Marc

Milla,
I guess Swedes watch performances on youtube, but not videoclips when you have Spotify (at least according to Kworb).
I know Jon Henrik performance on Sweden got talent has millions of views or Bada Nanka performance has like 6M.

And Frans had more views than Robin has. Mello performance and also official video in his channel (29M by now). Frans was by far more popular than what Robin is. (Frans was 5 weeks at number 1 and Robin only peak at 3 for 1 week.)

Kaden
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Kaden

Hi Wiwiblogs

If the viewing figures above are accurate; the UK and Norway have been put in the wrong order:

18. Norway 572,101
19. United Kingdom 584,520

Paul D.
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Paul D.

The youtube views are just one indicator between many of them to predict the success of a song in the contest. People shouldn’t take it so seriously and be offended by it jeez calm down lol

Nouxnoux
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Nouxnoux

@peaceman
Not at all intentional. Requiem is among my favourite songs. I just focused on Portugal, Greece and Italy as they were shown very low in ranking. At least France, was 10th with nearly 1 million views. My mistake though, should have mentioned that.

Milla
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Milla

@Marc
But you can’t watch the perfomances or the videos on Spotify. Only listen to songs. I thought a song that is loved gets views from us swedes on youtube as well. But maybe I’m wrong. That’s why I’m surprised about Robin being more popular on youtube than Frans since “If I were sorry” was a bigger hit. That makes me think that not only swedes enjoys Sweden’s entry this year. Well.. I guess it must be the performance 🙂

Loo
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Loo

It’s the same thing every year, the fans tries to deny Sweden’s chances of winning. Of course Sweden has a huge chance of winning this year, almost equally as huge as Italy. “I can’t go on” will appeal to a wide audience. You all know it, no need to deny it.

peaceman
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peaceman

@nounoux
why do you forget to talk about France? An intentional forgetfulness? if you want to be objective and specific you re obliged to talk about France’s entry views even if you don t like it as it seems to be.

Nouxnoux
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Nouxnoux

Ok Robyn, thank you!

Robyn Gallagher
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Nouxnoux: “I’ve posted that twice, and somehow I got banned twice.”

It wasn’t banned – your comment was just held for moderation because it had more than one link in it. 🙂 It’s now been approved.

Robyn Gallagher
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There’s something very unusual going on with San Marino’s numbers. They were getting about 7000 views a day, when suddenly – literally overnight – “Spirit of the Night” started getting about 100,000 views a day.

And yet there doesn’t seem to be any more buzz around the song, it’s not suddenly shooting up people’s lists of favourites.

Either the video is strangely popular but has very quiet fans, or someone (a rogue fan just trying to do good for their fave?) has arranged for the video’s views to be boosted.

peaceman
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peaceman

@ someone who knows

you’re wrong , Italy and france are in the lead of number of views sorry
ITALY early 80 millions
FRANCE early 3,5 millions
sorry but greece not in first

Pavel
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Pavel

Youtube views are a good indicator of buzz and interest but not necessarily of winning potential.

eurovision NK
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eurovision NK

Greece’s initial video with “the rain falls from above” lyrics has 1.600.000 views https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBom9VecMKw
Also Portulal’s video from the national final has 1.170.000 views
No need to mention Italy, once more. So I guess the answer is no. Youtube views from eurovision’s channel only, cannot predict the winner.

Marc
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Marc

Milla,
it’s because in Italy youtube is more used than Spotify for instance. Some italian hits have over 100M.
Francesco is getting over 1M views everyday on youtube.
Sweden uses Spotify, that’s where Loreen and Frans have 105M and 70M of streams.
It’s difficult to compare 🙂

Nouxnoux
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Nouxnoux

Thank you @someone who knows. I’ve posted that twice, and somehow I got banned twice.

Kirby
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Kirby

No, not again! I do want another country to win. Italy or Belgium would be great but Portugal would be awesome!

As I said before, Bengtsson’s entry is so ‘Timberlakish’, I can’t understand the hype about it.

I do hope voters (and juries) will be sensible next May.

Padim
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Padim

https://youtu.be/d5aL0VzX-gw
Alma and mans singing requiem… Very nice 🙂

someone who knows
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someone who knows

You forgat that countries such Greece and Israel post ther song first at their pages so Greece has 410,000 + 1,585,000 = almost 2,000,000 which make them 1st.
And Israel has 375,000 + 741,000 = 1,115,000 which make them 7th.

Milla
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Milla

I’m very suspicious about all these views for Francesco. I mean.. not even Loreen had that much. Not before the contest, during and after. She still don’t! If I have to compare. I mean she’s the QUEEN! So where are they coming from? Italy is one of them for sure. I guess that their own entry is popular this year because of the hype it’s getting and because it’s the favourite to win. Of course italians are interested in their song! And I think in some other countries as well of course. Some more than others. Sweden only has 10… Read more »

M_K
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M_K

Wasn’t Dustin the Turkey #1 by Youtube views in 2008? Since I am a little bored today I decided to play with the numbers. This is the list based on a views/inhabitants ratio (all numbers rounded to full 100,000s for calculation): 1. San Marino (33,3) 2. Montenegro (1,2) 3. Cyprus (0,8) 4. Iceland (0,7) 5. Macedonia (0,6) 6. Malta (0,5) 7. Armenia (0,3) 8. Sweden 9. Serbia 10. Bulgaria 11. Belgium 12. Estonia 13. Latvia 14. Albania 15. Denmark 16. Norway 17. Moldova 18. Azerbaijan 19. Ireland 20. Austria 21. Netherlands 22. Portugal 23. Switzerland 24. Israel 25. Croatia 26.… Read more »

Denis
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Denis

E¤verything is in perspectives here. Yes Italy has more views overall but of course they would. They have 50 million or so in population compared to Sweden’s 10 million. Of course thier videos would be more watched, makes sense. But question is how many of those views are from outside Italy? A majority would still be from Italy. San Remo and Francesco are still popular there and of course people returns to watch it. So the big numbers per say doesn’t really matter when it counts all views per individual. Besides, Italy are always among the most watched videos. But… Read more »

Boy
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Albanien are EVER gonna Win. They dont EVER have Anna god Song. 2012 was an lady WHO screeming in 10 min. The worst i EVER heard

Jordan
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Jordan

I see people mentioning the 75 million views on Italy’s video not being counted but in all honesty views mean nothing obviously the majority of them views will be from Italy where the song has had a lot more publicity. Poland of 2014 had like 40 million views on their official video but they came 14th because most of the views were Polish, I wouldn’t be surprised if Italy barely make it into the top 10 this year. Belgium also might get the the same treatment as Iceland 2016 and Israel 2014 too, the song might not stand out live… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Francesco’s new video was uploaded after Robin’s.

eve
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eve

An we’re ignoring the 5,5M views Francesco has in the official eurovision channel why??????????????????

Davve
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Davve

Sweden will win ESC! Trust me!

KennyESC
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KennyESC

ARGHHHHH

I HOPE SWEDEN DOESN’T EVER WIN AGAIN!

STOP HOSTING ESC IN THAT COUNTRY AND LETTING THEM WIN!

I MEAN, I’M ALBANIAN BUT IF SERBIA WON I WOULD BE HAPPY BECAUSE SWEDEN HASN’T! SO MANY CONTESTS IN SWEDEN, STOP!

Sorry, I’m angry already, it’s just that I don’t want Sweden or Ukraine to ever win again.

Nouxnoux
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Nouxnoux

Greece’s initial video with “the rain falls from above” lyrics has 1.600.000 views https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBom9VecMKw
Also Portugal’s video from the national final has 1.170.000 views https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlqdpYDDGFA
No need to mention Italy, once more. So I guess the answer is no. Youtube views from eurovision’s channel only, cannot predict the winner.

Meh
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Meh

Yeahhh Sure Robin will totally win, even though Francesco has over 75 million views but that doesnt count because its on his official youtube channel and his sanremo final video that has over 5 million views on the eurovision youtube channel ALSO doesnt count because it was..erm…..uploaded before Robins video???..or whatever the **** the logic this article is using

esconly
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esconly

Views have never predicted the winner…

DyGh
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DyGh

I forgot to mention some countries are more into Eurovision than others, like I guess Sweden is crazy about it but Belgium is more like “meh”, or that’s how it seems.

AngieP
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AngieP

I don’t believe Sweden will win! I’m more confident about Italy, or France or Belgium! Also, San Marino is 7th? Many Valentina fans right here! France 10th and Cyprus 11th? I expected France higher and Cyprus lower! Belgium and Sweden are in positions that can be justified. They are both very likable songs. Italy 21st and Greece 22nd? I expected Italy and Greece higher. Hopefully Italy doesn’t only have the Eurovision.tv views but also the views of the official music video (not the Eurovision version) @Bella Sim “The most viewed YouTube music video of ESC contestants are usually the televoters… Read more »

DyGh
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DyGh

As said in this post, counting that citizens of a country watch their song more frequently definitely plays a role.
And going even further, some countries have an older or younger population than others. I don’t see my grandmother watching Blanche and that’s not just because she doesn’t have a computer. On the other hand, youngsters will use YouTube more than 40 years olds would.
We will see!