In the Czech Republic viewing figures for the first semi final have dropped by nearly 90,000 viewers compared to 2016.
On average 145,000 viewers watched the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest live from Kyiv. Viewing figures peaked at 183,000 viewers when Martina Bárta performed “My Turn”. Viewing figures have decreased by 85,000 over the same show last year when a total of 230,000 watched the contest, representing a nearly 37% fall in viewers. Martina Bárta failed to qualify for the final of this years contest, missing out on one of the ten places in Saturday nights show.
“My Turn” has entered the iTunes charts in two countries outside of the Czech Republic following her performance last night. The song is at No.99 in Norway and No.166 in Austria. In contrast three songs have entered the Czech iTunes charts from last nights performers:
- Belgium – Blanche – City Lights – No.23
- Moldova – Sunstroke Project – Hey Mamma! – No.26
- Portugal – Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois – No.83
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The Czech Republic debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 with the band Kabát and the song “Malá dáma”, they finished last in the semi-final scoring just 1 point from Estonia. The country went on to participate for a further two years before withdrawing from the contest after the 2009 edition in Moscow where Gipsy.cz scored nul points. In 2016 the Czech Republic qualified for their first final, Gabriela Guncikova finished 25th in the final with the song “I Stand”.