Eurovision 2017 YouTube Rehearsals: The Autoqualifiers

We take one last look at the Big Five and Ukraine's rehearsals and see how their YouTube numbers stack up.

Francesco Gabbani will represent Italy at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo: RAI) Francesco Gabbani will represent Italy at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo: RAI)

The six autoqualifiers for the Eurovision Song Contest — France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and host country Ukraine — also had the chance to rehearse on the main stage in Kyiv twice in the last few days. Here is how their stats measure up to the rest of the field.


The Contest frontrunner currently1 holds the lead for both the first rehearsal and second rehearsal YouTube views. The first rehearsal clip for “Occidentali’s Karma” is the second-most-watched clip of the entire field, with more than 245,000 views. The second rehearsal, which happened Sunday, will probably cross 100,000 a few hours after this post goes live.


“Do It for Your Lover” currently sits in second place in this smaller group. The first rehearsal has more than 172,000 views, putting that clip in the top ten of first rehearsal footage. The second rehearsal clip is not as strong, landing in third for the autoqualifiers.


Alma’s “Requiem” has the most-watched official video of this group2, but she sits in third place with about 190,000 total views between the two rehearsals.

United Kingdom

“I Will Never Give Up On You” by Lucie Jones hasn’t given up, as it currently sits solidly in fourth place with just under 139,000 total views. Though this number is middle of the pack when it comes to the full field of 42 entries, the UK might need to worry about another sub-standard finish once we begin comparing just the 26 finalists.

Ukraine and Germany

The home team that is O.Torvald’s “Time” has a slight edge over Germany, with 124,000 views compared to 108,000 for Levina. Neither of these numbers are great when compared to the full field, but even a middling finish for either of these entries will probably defy expectations.


  1. As of 8:50pm CET/1:50pm Eastern Monday, May 8  
  2. Remember, Italy’s official video refers to the Eurovision version  

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