Eurovision 2019 kicks off on Tuesday.

And views for this year’s music videos are pouring in on YouTube. While YouTube views are not a direct proxy to Eurovision success, they may give some indication of how acts will fare during the live shows. So we’ve rounded up the most viewed videos for you.*

Most viewed music videos of 2019:

1. Malta – Chameleon: 7.627 million views

In first position we have Malta’s Michela with “Chameleon“. The video features flashy graphics and some colorful characters accompanying Michela. The lyrics are displayed prominently on the screen to make sure that Michela’s message comes across loud and clear.  Like the video for last year’s winner “TOY”, “Chameleon” is vibrant and in your face. And maybe this is a winning combination because with almost eight million views, Malta has accrued more YouTube views than any other entry this year. Of note Malta has made use of paid promotions on YouTube, with the video playing ahead of some clips, so this may influence the views amassed.

2. The Netherlands – Arcade: 7.356 million views

Just behind Malta is bookies’ favourite Duncan Laurence from The Netherlands. Duncan’s song, “Arcade“, has just a few hundred thousand fewer views than Malta but is much less visually extravagant. The cool colors and haunting vocals are on the other side of the visual spectrum from Malta, but both have managed to blow away the competition in terms of YouTube views.

3. Armenia – Walking Out: 4.906 million views

Rounding out the top three is Armenia’s Srbuk with Walking Out. With almost five million views, Armenia still has a ways to go in order to catch up with Duncan and Michela, but with a million and half views between herself and the fourth place finisher, Srbuk is walking out of the shadows and earns her spot comfortably in the top three.

The rest of the results from the YouTube rundown (as of noon Israeli time of the 11th of May 2019) are as follows:

4. Italy: 3.464 million views
5. Switzerland: 3.416 million views
6. Russia: 2.593 million views
7. Sweden: 2.455 million views
8. France: 2.320 million views
9. Cyprus: 2.123 million views
10. Belgium: 1.988 million views
11. Azerbaijan: 1.868 million views
12. Portugal: 1.728 million views
13. Australia: 1.694 million views
14. Germany: 1.669 million views
15. Belarus: 1.582 million views
16. Greece: 1.502 million views
17. Spain: 1.478 million views
18. North Macedonia: 1.468 million views
19. Lithuania: 1.343 million views
20. Israel: 1.224 million views
21. Albania: 1.197 million views
22. Poland: 1.082 million views
23. San Marino: 1.004 million views
24. Estonia: 0.971 million views
25. Romania: 0.893 million views
26. Ireland: 0.868 million views
27. Finland: 0.803 million views
28. Slovenia: 0.802 million views
29. Norway: 0.771 million views
30. Austria: 0.729 million views
31. Denmark: 0.697 million views
32. Czech Republic: 0.691 million views
33. Montenegro: 0.687 million views
34. Moldova: 0.645 million views
35. Latvia: 0.621 million views
36. Iceland: 0.615 million views
37. Hungary: 0.584 million views
38. Croatia: 0.346 million views
39. United Kingdom: 0.224 million views
40. Serbia: 0.217 million views
41. Georgia: 0.191 million views

What do you think? Is Chameleon your favourite video of 2019? Or do you think another country deserves more views? Do you think this means Malta may win? Let us know in the comments below!

*Accurate Israeli time 12pm, May 11

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EZz

So many good videos this year, Netherlands, Malta, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Switzerland, even the Uk, it’s going to be good tonight. Can’t wait.

EZz
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EZz

Honestly even if Malta did promote their song on YouTube, wouldn’t that be a clever strategy, I mean if that’s the case Italy would have way more views than they have, Portugal in their NF after Conan won quickly got 1 million views. And the Netherlands have nearly 8 million views. After how many years of doing badly, Malta want to win what’s the problem with that.

redarrow
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Malta welldone….

EZz
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EZz

Aww I didn’t think the UK YouTube views would be so low, considering their video is so much better than Suries last year yet they haven’t even reached a million. Also Cyprus and Portugal I expected to be top 5, Sweden although they always have great entry’s, this year is good as well which doesn’t surprise me. And I saw Italy had 80 million views not on the Eurovision Page, So technically they would of been the most. But I love how we don’t know who will win, it hasn’t been this close since 2015.

La Signora
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La Signora

Poor Georgia, not very lucky for two years in a row. A Good glass of wine will solve this situation

Anna
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Anna

The video I think is a real masterpiece is the video of Soldi, and I just want to point out that when you put in youtube ” mahmood soldi” the first video that appears is the one in Mahmood channel vevo, exactly the same video of eurovision channel video, that has almost 80 millions views. If you go see the comments below the video on mahmood youtube channel many people are non italian who write 12 points to, 10 point to… so they are there for eurovision. So I think this other official videos (not only for italy but also… Read more »

Luke Armfield
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Luke Armfield

I think almost all the UK views must be from me as I can’t get enough of Michael’s voice he’s so amazing with an equally amazing song, he’s gonna do my country proud on Saturday

Icy Box
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Icy Box

Just reached the 8 millions now. I think Malta can win the televote this year. France will stole some vote to the Netherlands,
The staging is wonderful, Michela is adorable and sings well mostly. But the running order can also ruin everything as they will likely draw 1st half now 🙁

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martin

You must consider everything about malta. First malta used its video as an ad on youtube, second there is no other video of the song so the official video remain the unique source where you can hear it. Also on spotify and itunes it was realeased 5 weeks later. She doesnt top the spotify streaming. It was type of marketing propoganda that they choose to do.

Jon
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Jon

It’s not a propaganda. It’s called marketing strategy. Many artists are releasing NEW music content… a week before the contest. Is that by coincidence? I think not. It’s to get people talking and to listen to their new songs. It’s a different type of promotion. Also by going to pre-parties and stuff. Malta is a small island which can do with these type of promotions. It does not have the luck of neighboring countries voting for them. ALSO, Chameleon was released on Spotify very late due to her contract with Sony and it’s catching up with the others quiet quickly.… Read more »

Bridgette
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Bridgette

On the one hand the Netherlands’ population is much greater than that of Malta. This largely compensates for the marketing strategies being spoken about. Malta does not have enough Maltese people to generate a substantial amount of views, so it depends on others. The views and likes are almost solely from other countries in the case of Malta. On the other hand, all countries perform some form of marketing in one way or another. For instance, many comments are being submitted from the Netherlands in several YouTube Eurovision videos saying they’ll be giving their 12 points to this and to… Read more »

EzZ
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EzZ

Honestly only heard a little bit of the Maltese song, which was alright. But I absolutely love Portugal, Cyprus, Switzerland is good, Netherlands is good also, and Azerbaijan surprised me aswell, and even the Uk who is underrated isn’t that bad this year. But who knows it’s anyone’s game this year.

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Leo M

Doing my final top 41 before the contest and I have eight songs I really love this year that I am really struggling to choose from. Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Azerbaijan and Czech Rep I love you all. Would be happy with any of these winning.

Lawna Delhi Rail
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Lawna Delhi Rail

Malta is sizzling this year

Nicolas
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Nicolas

8M before the end of day mostly now. Rehearsal clip is also doing very well, only 10k less than the Netherlands and it’s Malta, the less populated country participating after San-Marino.

Chamelion
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Chamelion

And Iceland

Kirby
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Kirby

I hope so! It has grown on me. I really need a cheerful winner, not a depressing one. It would be great to see Malta being the new Portugal.

Jo.
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Jo.

I’m surprised the views of Malta’s and Armenia’s videos haven’t reached yet.

Guido
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Guido

Well these are mostly watched by fans…the majority of botersaus Will see the performances the coming week for the first time…its getting exciting!

Whisker
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Whisker

#thunderandlightning

Esc fan
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Esc fan

Why so much hate for such a tiny island with 400000 Islanders.?

Vincent
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Vincent

I dont really see hate comments about Malta here? Most comments are either way positive towards the beautiful videoclip or neutral

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Charli Cheer Up

Let’s not forget that Chameleon is also Michela’s X Factor debut single so many Maltese who voted her as winner probably helped with the views. I think the song itself is brilliant. Like a finished product, ready to sell to the international market. Its Top 10 worthy for me 😉

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Youtube obviously doesn’t predict the winner. There’s so many factors apart from the quality of the song: the popularity of the singer (e.g. France), popularity of Eurovision/national selection (Sweden and Italy every year), how many habitants does the country have, the date the video was uploaded, is there any other version of that video on Youtube, the ads (Malta), how in imteresting is the video in itself, the list goes on… + when you look at the recent years, 2018 was the only year when Youtube got the winner right – 2017 Sweden/Italy, 2016 Russia/Italy, 2015 Russia/Italy, 2014 Armenia/Poland.

Vincent
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Vincent

Yeah as some already mentioned the views grew so fast partly because the song was used as an ad. It happened quite often that I opened a Eurovision video and then Cameleon started to play. I can’t remember having seen any other song as ad this year.

But these are only about views on the Eurovision channel of course.

Dan
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Dan

Promotion is done in various ways. Some release new songs, some go to pre-partys. This year Malta preferred to promote its song through YouTube and skip the pre parties to focus more on rehearsals. I guess it’s a great idea!

Whisker
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Whisker

If they count those few seconds of the Malta ad as a view before video starts and people click “skip ad”, then the Netherlands has had in fact more bona fide views so it should be #1.

KarWorld
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KarWorld

That means this video appeared everywhere even if I had clicked on “I don’t like”! This was quite annoying…

Dan
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Dan

Promotion is done in various ways. Some release new songs, some go to pre-partys. This year Malta preferred to promote its song through YouTube and skip the pre-parties to focus more on rehearsals. I guess it’s a great idea!

Funkycoffin
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Funkycoffin

The videoclip of malta was used as a Ad on YouTube that’s why IT had more views.

Doris
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Doris

You can only blame Youtube’s view count policy if that’s the case. I didn’t even knew that you could advertise other videos from Youtube on Youtube, I have never experienced it. I wonder what people do for it, I only get adds for cars, movies or goodies even waching the most diversity subjects videos.

Jon
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Jon

It’s called marketing strategy. Many artists are releasing NEW musical content.. a week before the contest. Is that by coincidence? I think not. It’s to get people talking and to listen to their new songs. It’s a different type of promotion. Also by going to pre-parties and stuff.

Malta is a small island which can do with these type of promotions. It does not have the luck of neighboring countries voting for them.

Takasa
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Takasa

If you look outside the Eurovision channel, the top three is way more different tho! Soldi has almost 80 millions views, Roi almost 20 millions combined, Sergey 5,5.

Una
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Una

Wiwi, any word from Armenia or EBU about the “investigation” on the huge spike in views? Maybe not, it’s not like EBU would accept even more controversy before the show.

Den
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Den

Nah it’s Armenia, EBU fears to hurt them;don’t you remember EBU didn’t even do anything when Iveta had raised the flag that she wasn’t even allowed to bring in the venue???

Whisker
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Whisker

Armenia won’t do well this time, spike in videos or not. The staging is not ok.

Una
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Una

That incident of 2016 was a disgrace. I can understand that EBU didn’t want to make a bigger incident out of it *during* the contest. Plus Sweden had staged Armenia that year – we all know who. Armenia got *a lot of help* that year. And then Iveta was rewarded by their broadcaster and was spokesperson for the Armenian vote in 2017.

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acp

As an Armenian, I really did not like what Iveta did in 2016. It was just the wrong act at the wrong place and I really understand why the azeri reporter got mad at the qualifiers press conference after (if I remember correctly). However, I think that EBU only punishes really big stuff (Romania 2016 debt) that is why they did not do anything to Iveta. But I also think that it did not have anything to do with Sacha Jean Baptise staging LoveWave…

Una
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Una

The issue with Romania was *before* the contest. The issue of Iveta with her illegal flag, at least as per Eurovision’s rules, was *during* the contest. And I totally believe that the Swedish staging, in *Sweden*, was a factor. We don’t get all that promo about stage directors/choreographers for nothing. It’s building up an image/career/bargaining power/business. An incident regarding the whole of Armenian act – not only the performer – would have affected somehow the stage director too.

Una
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Una

Well, I got to like Malta’s song more than I would have expected given my first reaction to it. That said, I am waiting to see Malta’s place in the SF. But I think it’s a sure qualifier. Considering the fact that their track record in the past years is not that good, one could draw the following conclusions: 1. Malta is better off with internal selection. Given that Eurovision is big in Malta, they could probably continue with a show for Eurovision, but not a traditional national selection. Give a platform for artists but select the song internally. 2.… Read more »

martin
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martin

This happen when there is Anton Attard in the malta delegation. This man had other priorities in his mind. A word that begins with M and ends with Y. Trust me

Baloonbleu
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Baloonbleu

Most viewed on the Eurovision official channel, not on Youtube, even though views mean nothing about a possible victory. There are songs which habe been premiered on the Eurovision channel (Malta, Switzerland, Netherlands, Azerbaijan) and songs which came on Youtube before (Italy, France, Germany) and then on the official channel, making less views there.

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poe-tay-toe-chips

…is this just views on the official eurovision channel, or for all uploaded versions of the music video? Because i know that some performers released their videos on other channels first before the eurovision channel uploaded them

i feel like that would make a few differences in the ranking and numbers

Una
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Una

It must be the official ESC channel. Romania has two and a half mil. views from 5 channels: ESC – official video (896k vs. 893k in the article), ESC – national final, TVR – national final, Cat Music and Ester’s channel.

West
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West

I don’t know if that counts as a view, but I often get the official music video of Chameleon playing instead of an ad on many Youtube videos – it’s always Chameleon, never any of the other eurovision song, only this one.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

she has a contract with sony music italy so they’re probably spending money on payola, she’s also been added to several spotify playlists

Funkycoffin
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Funkycoffin

Its not An ad of Spotify OR Sony music its the official ESC channel

Funkycoffin
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Funkycoffin

Same thing here.

GoldenBoy
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GoldenBoy

Armenia also used to pay for ads on many Youtube videos, so that both Malta and Armenia “bought” their views?

Ksenija
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Ksenija

Yes, both armenia and malta bought their views.
I don’t get why do artists and countries do that. It didn’t help on our natonal (serbian) selection, and it won’t help on eurovision. I understand they wanted to hype up their own song but that’s useless, it needs to happen organically like with the Netherlands.
Armenia has got so many views and we are talking about their possible non qualification.
The Netherlands has the most real views.

Una
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Una

Even the Netherland’s must have made some sort of promotion to get those views. Why this year and not another year? I’m not saying that the artist and his song don’t have any merits. They are both good. But something must have sparked people’s curiosity to see the video. Even if we don’t know where the views come from – were they mainly from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany? EBU as “owners” of the channel should know that, not that they will say it. And how many people saw the video from both home or their workplace or their cellphones?

Davve
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Davve

It is a cool video

Kuhkatz
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Kuhkatz

As always, as long as the juries exist, Youtube views will foresee nothing