It’s been just over a week since Spanish broadcaster RTVE revealed the 17 songs vying for the ten places in the Operación Triunfo Eurovision Gala in January. Since the clips were uploaded online, fans have weighed in with their favourites, but there’s another way to tell which songs have been getting the most attention — YouTube view counts.
Fans are able to listen to one-minute snippets of the 17 entries and vote for their favourites. The top three from the fan vote will qualify for the Eurovision Gala, with the remaining seven places selected by an expert panel.
But with only a week left in the online voting, do the early YouTube view counts give any indication of who might have the upper hand for the opportunity to slay the stage for Spain in Tel Aviv? Let’s take a look!
Leading the pack at this point is María‘s tropical dance bop, “Muérdeme” (Bite me), nearing more than a massive 752,000 hits in just one week. Though she was eliminated in OT Gala ten in eighth place, the upbeat vibe of the song, coupled with fun lyrics and María’s trademark sultry and smoky voice, seems to have struck a chord with fans.
The song is both for inherently catchy and has an amazing ability to straddle the line between authentic and traditional sounds in Spanish music and more modern rhythms found in popular music today. Does María’s ability to draw from both elements, while staying authentic to herself, give her an extra leg up against the competition?
In second place, currently with just over 252,000 views, is Natalia with “La clave” (The key). Finishing a solid third place in OT and delivering mostly solid performances week to week has seemed to build a loyal fanbase for Natalia.
Reception of her song seems to be decidedly more mixed, however. Some have praised its rhythmic beats and cool vibe, while others seem to think it is just too boring for the Eurovision stage. Can Natalia’s staging and delivery next month push her over the top?
Rounding out the top three is OT 2019 winner Famous and his modern pop song, “No puedo más” (I can’t take it anymore), with just over 228,000 views. While Famous built his win in OT 2018 on performances that grabbed fans’ attention and highlighted his own unique voice, style, and attitude, some fans seem to think the song does anything but bring any of those traits to the fore.
Instead fans say the potential Eurovision song covers up what made him stand out, and gives him a more mainstream sound. While that may potentially make him more palatable to some, it also fails to show off what Famous has proved he can do best. Will his energy and delivery that won him OT 2018 be able to give the song life to win over the public’s votes?
OT 2018 runner-up Alba Reche seems to also have her name in the race. She’s currently in fourth place, with over 220,000 YouTube hits for her song “Qué será luego?” (What will be next?). Can she — or anyone else — get enough support in the remaining week to leap into the top three for the chance to sing for Spain in Tel Aviv?
Views of Operación Triunfo 2018 competing acts on RTVE’s YouTube channel:
Views are rounded down to the nearest thousand.
- Maria – “Muérdeme” (752,000 views)
- Natalia – “La Clave” (252,000 views)
- Famous – “No Puedo Más” (228,000 views)
- Alba Reche – “Qué Será Luego (220,000 views)
- Noelia – “Hoy Vuelvo A Reír Otra Vez” (209,000 views)
- Miki – “La Venda” (196,000 views)
- Miki/Natalia – “Nadie Se Salva” (191,000 views)
- Marilia – “Todo Bien” (156,000 views)
- Marta – “Vuelve” (151,000 views)
- Sabela – “Hoy Soñaré” (137,000 views)
- Julia – “Qué Quieres Qué Haga” (132,000 views)
- Damion – “Sale” (120,000 views)
- Carlos Right – “Se Te Nota” (116,000 views)
- Sabela – “Dímelo De Frente” (109,000 views)
- Miki – “El Equílíbrio (94,000 views)
- Juan Garido/Marilia – “A Tu Lado” (91,000 views)
- Carlos Right – “Nunca Fui” (90,000 views)
What do you think? Do YouTube views predict the three qualifiers? Who should the jury pick? Let us know in the comments below!