Google’s Year in Search: 2017 Eurovision stats

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Αs 2017 is preparing to bid farewell to us in a few days, the largest global search engine Google has now unveiled the annual Google’s Year in Search unit, which showcases who and which were the most popular searched people and words over the leaving year.

Regarding this release, it is to our great pleasure that the Eurovision Song Contest and the people who have been part of it continue to spark the internet users.

The world’s biggest annual music event can be found among the Top 10 sought events in several European countries, like the host country of Ukraine alongside Belarus, Latvia, the Netherlands, Ireland, GreecePoland, Romania and Sweden.

Apart from the Eurovision Song Contest itself, some of the national final events that are featured in the Top 10 of the TV Program of the Year category in their respective countries are the following: Melodifestivalen 2017 (Sweden), EMA 2017 (Slovenia) and Eesti Laul 2017 (Estonia).

Who’s peaking the Portuguese searches?

To begin with the 2017 Eurovision winning country’s statistics, the most searched person in Portugal is no other than the one who was making the headlines all year round in the country and beyond, Salvador Sobral.

Sobral has also been determined the National Figure of the Year, as his sister Luísa earned 3rd place in the same category.

And there have been many reasons for that. First of all, his Eurovision victory, which gave Portugal their very first victory in the contest after 53 years of participation and without having managed any other Top 5 placings.

As a course of the matter, Salvador’s issue which mostly concerned the international community was his fragile health condition, which had forced him to withdraw from the music stage last September, his long-term waiting for a graft and the very recent transplant surgery he underwent a few days ago.

The Portuguese national broadcaster RTP, which is going to host the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, has posted a report on this issue. According to it, “Eurovision 2017” has been the 9th most searched phrase since 1 January 2017.

Salvador Sobral, Eurovision 2017 (©

What about Finland?

Finnish broadcaster YLE also decided to shed light on what has been mostly sought within their country in 2017, publishing a list with the 10 most-googled people.

As probably expected, two Eurostars are featured on that list, and these are the 2018 Finnish entrant Saara Aalto, as well as Jari Sillanpää, who represented the Scandinavian country in 2004 with the song Takes two to tango.

The full list is as follows:

  1. Sauli Niinistö
  2. Saara Aalto
  3. Jenni Vartiainen
  4. Antti Tuisku
  5. Martina Aitolehti
  6. Donald Trump
  7. Robin
  8. Sanni
  9. Jari Sillanpää
  10. Mikael Gabriel

Are the Swedes still keen on Eurovision?

Having been one of the most successful Eurovision countries, the 2017 Swedish figures show once again their undiminished interest in Eurovision and moreover their national selection show Melodifestivalen.

In the category Search of the Year, Eurovision and Melodifestivalen have come 6th and 10th respectively, as Eurovision ended 4th in the TV Program of the Year.

Additionally, two former Eurostars are among the most searched Swedish men. These are Owe Thörnqvist, who took part at this year’s Melodifestivalen and is the oldest participant at this time, as well as the late Rikard Wolff, who tried to represent Sweden in 2013 and passed away recently.

Owe Thörnqvist, Sommarkrysset 2016

Stay tuned on for more Eurovision news from the upcoming Lisbon-hosted contest!