• Ford Carter

YouTube rankings of Eurovision 2008 grand final live performances

Over the last few weeks, we’ve taken a look back at the rankings of the live performances of the Eurovision Song Contest grand finals between 2004 and 2007, and this week, we continue with the 2008 contest, to see which live performances have been the most popular with viewers over the years.


Image credit: EBU

Before we begin, these view counts were taken only from the official Eurovision YouTube channel’s live performances from the grand final. We also have the performances final placing at Eurovision in brackets.


All views were accurate as of July 18, 2021 (Australian time).


  1. Russia – Dima Bilan – ‘Believe’ – 8,808,217 views (1st place at Eurovision 2008)

  2. Turkey – Mor ve Ötesi – ‘Deli’ – 6,979,556 views (7th place)

  3. Spain – Rodolfo Chikilicuatre – ‘Baila el Chiki-chiki’ – 4,404,140 views (16th place)

  4. Armenia – Sirusho – ‘Qélé, Qélé’ – 4,115,834 views (4th place)

  5. Greece – Kalomira – ‘Secret Combination’ – 3,691,927 views (3rd place)

  6. Ukraine – Ani Lorak – ‘Shady Lady’ – 3,564,267 views (2nd place)

  7. Sweden – Charlotte Perrelli – ‘Hero’ – 1,269,954 views (18th place)

  8. Serbia – Jelena Tomašević featuring Bora Dugić – ‘Oro’ – 1,029,263 views (6th place)

  9. Azerbaijan – Elnur and Samir – ‘Day After Day’ – 730,500 views (8th place)

  10. Israel – Boaz Ma’uda – ‘The Fire in Your Eyes’ – 542,969 views (9th place)

  11. Portugal – Vânia Fernandes – ‘Senhora do mar (Negras águas)’ – 466,880 views (13th place)

  12. Latvia – Pirates of the Sea – ‘Wolves of the Sea’ – 462,730 views (12th place)

  13. Iceland – Euroband – ‘This Is My Life’ – 405,978 views (14th place)

  14. Bosnia and Herzegovina – Laka – ‘Pokušaj’ – 402,746 views (10th place)

  15. France – Sébastien Tellier – ‘Divine’ – 303,083 views (19th place)

  16. Norway – Maria Haukaas Storeng – ‘Hold On Be Strong’ – 299,967 views (5th place)

  17. Finland – Teräsbetoni – ‘Missä miehet ratsastaa’ – 248,876 views (22nd place)

  18. Albania – Olta Boka – ‘Zemrën e lamë peng’ – 210,713 views (17th place)

  19. Germany – No Angels – ‘Disappear’ – 156,372 views (23rd place)

  20. Georgia – Diana Gurtskaya – ‘Peace Will Come’ – 134,604 views (11th place)

  21. Poland – Isis Gee – ‘For Life’ – 103,631 views (24th place)

  22. Croatia – Kraljevi ulice and 75 Cents – ‘Romanca’ – 102,506 views (21st place)

  23. United Kingdom – Andy Abraham – ‘Even If’ – 60,030 views (25th place)

  24. Romania – Nico and Vlad – ‘Pe-o margine de lume’ – 58,684 views (20th place)

  25. Denmark – Simon Mathew – ‘All Night Long’ – 46,490 views (15th place)


As we can see, the most viewed live performance from the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was also the winner of the contest when it came to the points received on the night.



The biggest riser when compared to their placing at Eurovision was Spain’s Rodolfo Chikilicuatre with ‘Baila el Chiki-chiki’, who rose thirteen places from sixteenth to third.



Meanwhile, the biggest descender was Norwegian entry Maria Haukaas Storeng’s ‘Hold On Be Strong’, which dropped eleven places from fifth to sixteenth.


Also important to note, of the five grand finals we’ve looked at so far, this has been one of the less successful contests by view count, with almost 39 million views combined, compared to the 2006 contest’s 75 million views, 2007’s 67 million views, 2004’s 58 million views, and 2005’s 13 million.


Next week, we will take a look at the live performance view counts on YouTube for the Eurovision 2009 competitors.


To check out the results from the 2004 contest, read the article here.


To check out the results from the 2005 contest, read the article here.


To check out the results from the 2006 contest, read the article here.


To check out the results from the 2007 contest, check out last week’s article here.