In the United Kingdom just under 500,000 viewers tuned into BBC Four to watch the first semi final of Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine.

480,000 viewers tuned into BBC Four to watch the first semi final of the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. The show had a market share of 2.5% remaining show no change over 2016 when again 480,000 viewers watched the first semi final on BBC Four. So far four of the Big Five have reported their viewing figures for the first semi final:

  • France – 573,000 viewers
  • Italy – 514,000 viewers
  • Spain – 506,000 viewers
  • United Kingdom – 480,000 viewers

Of last nights performers only two have entered the iTunes charts in the United Kingdom, they are:

  • Belgium – Blanche – City Lights –  No.175
  • Portugal – Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois – No.194

Furthermore, Lucie Jones has now risen to No.66 in the United Kingdom’s iTunes charts following the broadcast of her song during the semi final.

Lucie Jones will be representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. After winning the national selection ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ this winter with the song ‘Never Give Up on You’, Lucie will represent the United Kingdom with a song written by Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winner, Denmark’s Emmelie De Forest. The song has been changed since the selection process in January, with the final version having been produced in Sweden.

Lucie was born in Wales and first rose to fame as a participant in the X Factor, after participating in the show she has gone on to take to the stage. She is currently touring as part of the show, Rent. However, it was revealed earlier this week she will taking over the lead role in Legally Blonde in its UK and Ireland tour in the autumn.

Source: Digital Spy

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.10 only twice, this being in 2002 and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.