In the Netherlands a total of 2,451,000 viewers tuned in to watch the first semi final of Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Semi-Final Two of the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was watched by a total of 2,451,000 people in the Netherlands. The show was the second most watched television show of the day with an average viewing share of 35% of viewers. “Op Weg Naar Eurovisie Songfestival” which was broadcast in the 30 minutes before the contest was viewed by 1,520,000 people, making it the third most watched television show yesterday.

Viewing figures fell by 449,000 viewers over the equivalent show in 2015. In 2016 a total of 2,900,000 viewers watched the second semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest in which the Netherlands was competing. Last nights viewing figures will have been impacted heavily by the football match between Ajax and Lyon which was on at the same time and was viewed by 2,661,000 viewers.

“Lights and Shadows” has entered the iTunes top 200 in a number of countries overnight, these include:

  • Netherlands – No.1
  • Belgium – No.69
  • Poland – No.97
  • Austria – No.104
  • Denmark – No.122
  • Switzerland – No.123
  • Ireland – No.173
  • Norway – No.177

The Netherlands internally selected girl group O’G3NE to represent them at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Amy, Lisa and Shelley Vol have been performing with each other for over a decade, and have even taken part in a Eurovision event before – The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007, with their song “Adem In, Adem Uit”.

Source: SKO

The Netherlands debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has gone on to compete in all bar four contests. To date the Netherlands has won the contest on four occasions the latest being in 1975. The Netherlands struggled in the contest from 2000 onwards, between 2004 and 2013 the country only qualified twice for the final. The countries best result since 1975 occurred in 2014 when The Common Linnets finished 2nd in Copenhagen with a total of 238 points, 52 points behind Austria.