As the songs of Eurovision 2020 are being selected and released, they’re also making their debut on YouTube. And already, some songs have clocked up substantial views, suggesting they may already be early fan favourites. The videos from Italy’s Diodato and Lithuania’s THE ROOP have recently reached some significant milestones.
Sanremo winner Diodato has reached over 10 million views for the music video to his song “Fai rumore”. The video was released on 4 February, and in two and a half weeks it has reached the 10 million mark. At last count, “Fai rumore” had over 12.2 million views.
The high numbers follow other Italian Eurovision acts who have big success on YouTube. But Diodato will have a long way to go before he catches up with Mahmood (over 50 million views in March 2019, 150 million views now), Meta & Moro (2.2 million views in February 2018, 32 million views now), or Italy’s YouTube king Francesco Gabbani. In February 2017, “Occidentalis Karma” had reached the 100 million views mark, and now is sitting comfortably on 233 million.
It’s also worth noting that Diodato will take a different version of “Fai rumore” to Rotterdam, at least edited down to make the song fit Eurovision’s three-minute time limit.
Lithuania’s THE ROOP has reached a smaller but no less significant milestone for their official Eurovision performance video of “On Fire”. In less than one week, it has reached 1 million views and at last count had over 1.54 million views.
It’s even more of an achievement considering that, to date, Lithuania’s 2019 act Jurij Veklenko still has only 2 million views for the music video of “Run with the Lions”. It seems that THE ROOP will be overtaking that total in just days.
The band’s music video for “On Fire” has done almost as well, with 1.53 million views to date.
Also worth mentioning is the other Eurovision 2020 artist who has reached the one million mark. Spain’s Blas Cantó has clocked up over 1.45 million views for the music video of his song “Universo”.
The video was released at the end of January and received considerable interest both within Spain and from Eurovision fans in other countries.
Do these YouTube view counts predict Eurovision success?
At this stage, it’s too early to say. At this stage, only a few Eurovision 2020 acts have released an official video for their Eurovision 2020 entry.
Some acts are boosted by coming from countries with a large population and having a large local fan base. Other acts are enjoying popularity from outside their home country, as songs find an international audience.
But as more and more countries decide their songs for Rotterdam and release the official videos, we may get a better idea of what the fan favourites are.
What do you think? Do YouTube views predict Eurovision success? Or is it too soon to tell? Share your thoughts below.
eurovsion might be canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak , no one will want to come close with other people to such huge event
Thanks fro all the negative comments about Lithuanian entry. All of you who hates, don’t like or telling that we do not deserve something…..all of you are making us even stronger, we are like hurricane, coming to take your roof offff. No matter what you say, what you do or how you vote….you are gonna stay without breath with goosebumps. So get ready.
And BIG BIG thanks for all kind and supportive people. Thanks, you are really angels on this ground. You are giving us wings so we are able to fly.
Love you all brothers!
I realy hope that Lithuania can win for first time.
I’m waiting for some good songs from Malta and Bulgaria; Roxen will be a fan favourite for sure, Russia will send something good; if “Cicciolina” wins in Finland Erika will be another fan favourite; dark horses and some unexpected candidate are coming too.
If The Roop it’s still the best after that, they will win. But Diodato is powerful live; he will give them battle.
My two favourites. :’)
Well everyone has their taste of music. You dont like it? Ok, others like it, everyone is different. You cant say that people are a mess or what because they like it just because you dont. People, pls respect others opinions, taste of music and etc. We are all different!
Exactly. I love Voda from Slovenia, it’s magnificent, but I know people will kill me here for saying it. XD
Blah blah blah
Poland is the one that having great marketing with their songs (2x juniors, not counting terrible Tulia), Alicja is the clear winner and she will beat these two for sure
After Romania’s Roxen will select her entry for Rotterdam next Sunday,the winning odds and this ranking for the official video will change for sure.Go Romania!
Quick question: does anyone else hear a rude swear word in English during Fai Rumore? My Italian is pretty poor so I find myself just making the sounds whilst I’m singing along and it definitely sounds like Diodato is saying “f*cker”. I know the song is about lost love so I actually think it fits the sentiment quite well!
Do you mean an Italian word which sounds like a swear word in English? I’m not certain what you think you’re hearing, but Diodato does sing “Per quanto io fugga” (However much I run away) in the prechorus. If you are referring to this, I don’t think he can really do anything about this.
Anyway, the EBU seems to be fine with swearing in languages other than English, since Mahmood had a line which said “Dimmi se ti manco o te ne fotti, fotti”, which roughly translated to “Tell me whether you miss me or you don’t give a f**k”.
Thanks for the insight, really interesting. It will be “fugga” that I am hearing. There are normally a few good examples every year in Eurovision where someone doesn’t know the language and it very much sounds like something else in their own language, yet still strangely seems to fit in the context of the song. Not sure if anyone else has any examples?
Hi Kosey. I know what you mean. My home language is English, and I always hear English words in foreign language songs (as well as different English words in badly-pronounced English songs lol). Here are some examples of the former: (1) I know that many people hear “No, don’t cut the quiche” instead of “Eu nunca te quis” in Claudia Pascoal’s ‘o jardim’. Isaura said that the song is apparently about loss, so loss of a quiche maybe? Or maybe “cutting the quiche” is a metaphor for kicking the bucket? (2) Likewise, many people hear “donuts” in Kaliopi’s ‘dona’. She’s… Read more »
Well Italy has 60 million people while Lithuania has only 2,7 million. Proportionally speaking Lithuania is a clear winner by views.
I wish Lithuania won and finished the Baltic trinity of winners.
Lithuania 1st in the odds right now.
Same old story: Italy first in the odds doesn’t mean nothing and is unfair, Lithuania first in the odds omg they’re going to win!
Come on now… Don’t be a buzzkill! Year in and year out, Italy is always near the top of the betting odds, even before their national final songs are released (along with the likes of Russia, Sweden, Australia, and in recent years Bulgaria), which comes down largely to their excellent track records at Eurovision. I disagree with “same old story”, as this is the first time ever that Lithuania is expected to do very well, and contend for the win (even though, yes, it is still early days in the Eurovision season). For a country that has never placed inside… Read more »
All of that and more. Good comment.
Well said. You took the words right out of my mouth about Lithuania. I don’t know whether this will be a guarantee that they will win once more songs are out, but for now, let them have this moment. And a little update, since the publication of this article, on fire has reached 1.6 million only official Eurovision channel, actually outpacing the official music video by a bit. Gotta say it’s one hell of a Head start.
What Lithuania deserves
On Monday we will know more about San Marino song…stay tuned
What? Where did you hear this? Don’t go spreading rumors about San Marino without backing them up, my heart can’t take it!