You don’t have to be psychic to see into the future.
Well… Maybe you do, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. Last year, we made a list of nine predictions we thought would come true within the YouTube community. Were they based on anything scientific? Nope. They were based on our knowledge of the site and those who make a living sharing their talents with their viewers. We don’t mean to brag or anything, but we feel we pretty much hit the nail on the head with most of what we listed. Sure, maybe one or two didn’t come true, but the majority did – not that we’re being smug about it or anything…
Guess what: we’re doing the same thing this year. After some long hours brainstorming and quite a few arguments (we get pretty passionate when it comes to YouTube), we’ve managed to compile yet another list of predictions for the upcoming year. This includes everything, from which genres of video will grow or lose steam, to specific creators we know are going to blow up over the coming 12 months.
Let’s jump into it!
PewDiePie will remain the site’s most subscribed-to channel
One of the biggest things to happen toward the end of 2018 was the subscriber battle between Felix Kjellberg and Indian music channel T-Series. The possibility that Felix might be overthrown by a channel not run by another YouTuber was a big no-no for many and thus a campaign was launched to ensure he stayed on top. Not only did it work, but it resulted in one of the best diss tracks of all time.
We think the battle will continue throughout the year, and while T-Series might get close to overthrowing Felix, we doubt the YouTube community will let it actually happen.
The Fletchers will announce world domination
To close out 2018, we rounded up the insanely busy year the Fletcher family had. From Carrie working on what felt like a million projects, to Tom authoring numerous books and Giovanna giving birth to Max while continuing to record her Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, they sure had a jam-packed year. How can they possibly top it? World domination, of course.
StudyTube will increase in popularity
Last year, we predicted that BookTube would be the fastest growing YouTube genre of 2018… And we were right. Not only did many book fans try their hand at the whole vlogging thing, but existing channels saw a huge surge in subscribers. This year, we’re predicting StudyTube will experience the same growth. Not only are the creators within the genre some of the sweetest and most hardworking around, but they’re offering up study tips and techniques guaranteed to bring viewers good marks!
Niko Omilana will reach one million subscribers
If there’s one creator who saw a lot of growth in 2018, it was Niko Omilana. In an era where prank videos are under some pretty heavy scrutiny (and for good reason), he is a shining star waiting to show viewers just what the genre has to offer.
We can’t get enough of Niko’s videos and it appears many would agree, considering he recently surpassed 500,000 subscribers, and we don’t anticipate his channel slowing down anytime soon. As such, we would bet our money that he’ll hit one million subscribers by year’s end.
Joe Sugg will receive some pretty big hosting gigs
Joe Sugg wowed Britain with his insane dancing skills during the last season of Strictly Come Dancing, so much so that he was named runner-up in the competition. He also managed to steal the hearts of many with his charisma and kindness, which is why we definitely think we’ll be seeing his face on the telly quite a bit in the upcoming year. Given he helped host BBC One’s New Year’s Eve coverage, we feel many more hosting gigs will come his way.
The Sidemen will launch a new charity fundraiser
Over the past few years, the boys of the Sidemen have held a charity football match, with the help of their YouTube friends. Last year’s match was dubbed by the group as the final one, but we doubt they’ll not do something charitable in 2019. Given how much money their matches raised, we definitely feel they’ll come up with a new way to raise money for the causes they support.
Jacksepticeye will have his own gaming app
Do we really need to explain this one? Given Sean McLoughlin is one of YouTube’s biggest gamers, this only makes sense. Honestly, we’re surprised he hasn’t already released one!
Backlash toward fast fashion videos will continue to increase
As people become more aware of how the clothes they wear are made and what happens to them once they’re tossed in the trash, we anticipate continued backlash against fast fashion and seasonal haul videos. Creators, such as Lex Croucher, have already spoken publicly regarding their thoughts on the matter and we expect more videos to be made as the year progresses.
We’re hoping the raised awareness will lead to both creators and viewers researching ethical clothing brands. Now THOSE are the hauls we want to watch!
dodie will hit the mainstream
Over the past few years, we’ve watched as dodie‘s star has continued to grow and it’s warmed our hearts to see her become so successful. (We still remember the girl singing songs in her childhood bedroom.) From EP releases to numerous tours, she’s shown she’s capable of handling all the music industry has to throw her way, which is why we think this is the year she breaks into the mainstream. Seriously, prepare to see her face EVERYWHERE. It’ll be impossible to avoid her music, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!
VidCon Europe will be a weekend to remember
For the first time ever, VidCon Europe is being held in London and we are BEYOND excited! The previous two events were held in Amsterdam and, while fun, it was a bit of a trek to attend. With it now being held literally on our front door step, you can bet we’ll be there in full force, covering everything the weekend will have on offer.
Those set to attend include Niki and Sammy Albon, Hannah Witton, Patricia Bright and Mark Ferris, amongst many others. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket to VidCon Europe can do so via the event’s official website.
So there you have it…
Our YouTube predictions for 2019! As you can tell from our list, we think this is going to be a big year for many of our faves, and we’re excited to see what they get up to over the next 12 months. What are your predictions? Be sure to send us a tweet to @TenEightyUK and let us know!
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