In Italy a total of 3.742 million viewers watched last night as Francesco Gabbani competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was followed by 3.742 million viewers, beating off competition from the incredibly popular Amici di Maria De Filippi on Canale 5. The viewing figures for the contest increased by over 400,000 compared to 2016. Over the course of the broadcast 14,964,000 viewers across Italy watched the contest for at least one minute.
The viewing figures for the contest in Italy were as follows:
- Semi-Final One – 514,000 viewers
- Semi-Final Two – 589,000 viewers
- Grand Final – 3.742 million viewers
Francesco Gabbani had headed into this years contest as the favourite to win before being surpassed by Salvador Sobral in the betting odds in the past two days. Francesco and his song “Occidentali’s Karma” went on to finish 6th in the final with 334 points.
Source: Eurofestival News
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Italy debuted in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the contest in 2011, having last participated in 1997. Italy has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti’s “Non ho l’età”, and the second being in 1990 with Toto Cutugno’s “Insieme: 1990”. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on four occasions, finishing in 2nd in 2011 with Raphael Gualazzi’s “The Madness of Love” and 3rd in 2015 with Il Volo’s “Grande amore”. The former was the jury winner of Eurovision 2011, and the latter was the winner of the public vote in 2015.