Viewing figures for the final of Eurovision: You Decide in the United Kingdom have been revealed, showing interest has double over the 2016 selection.
A total of 1.26 million views tuned into the final last night on BBC Two, with a market share of 6.6%. It was the third most watched show broadcast on BBC Two for the time period 7pm to 11:30pm. The show was viewed by more people than the equivalent shows being broadcast on both Channel Four, Channel Five and BBC Four at the time.
Interest in the show has doubled over 2016 when a total of 680,000 viewers watched the show on BBC Four, with a market share of 3.2%. This years selection saw a number of changes over 2016, including a shift from BBC Four to BBC Two. Furthermore a jury was also introduced to the selection process, meaning that the public had a 50% say in who would represent them in Kyiv.
The show is still a long way off the viewing figures seen for the United Kingdom’s selections in 2010 and 2009. The 2010 contest which was broadcast on a Saturday night on BBC One was watched by a total of 2.9 million viewers, compared to over 5 million for the 2009 selection process.
Last night the United Kingdom selected Lucie Jones with the song “Never Give up on You”. Emmelie de Forest the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, as well as The Treatment and Laurie Martin. 25-year-old Lucie will be the 60th entrant to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest.
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The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, the first victory coming in 1967 and the latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top ten only twice, this being in 2002 and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.