57% of viewers in Cyprus watched the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 as Hovig performed “Gravity” for Cyprus.
In total 136,170 viewers tuned in to watch the final of the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. The final was the most watched television event beating off competition from the private broadcaster Sigma who’s broadcasts of Survivor rounded out much of the top.10 most watched television shows last week.
The first semi-final in which Hovig competed was the 23rd most watched program of the week with an average of 63,640 viewers tuning in to watch the show. Furthermore the pre-show before the final which was broadcast from 21:29 to 21:50 local time on Saturday was watched by a further 62,260 viewers.
Cyprus finished 21st in the final of Eurovision 2017, with Hovig taking the country to its third successive Eurovision final. In total “Gravity” received 36 points from the jury placing them 20th with the juries and 32 points from the public placing them 14th on the televote.
Evi Papamichael the Head of Delegation for Cyprus, confirmed at a press conference during the contest that Cyprus will ‘probably’ hold a selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The Head of Delegation explained that Cyprus has opted to spread out their national selections due to the limited music industry on the island nation. By holding selections every two to three years the country is able to work with the local music industry to build talent.
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Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Cyprus’ best result in the contest came in the form of three fifth place finishes. Their highest points finish came in 2004 when Lisa Andreas performed “Stronger Every Minute” in Istanbul, Turkey. She finished 5th in the final scoring 170 points, this included 12 points from Greece. Cyprus withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 due to financial difficulties but returned again in 2015 where they were represented by John Karagiannis.