Viewing figures for the final of Eurovision 2017 were less than half that of the final of Eesti Laul 2017 in March.
ERR has announced the viewing figures for the Eurovision Song Contest and the failure to reach the final has hit viewing figures badly. The second semi-final on Thursday night was watched by 248,000 viewers making it the most watched television event of the week, while the final drew just 135,000 viewers.
157,000 less viewers watched the final of this years Eurovision Song Contest than watched the final of Eesti Laul 2017. In total 292,000 viewers watched as Estonia selected their entry for Kyiv, Ukraine at the start of March. The final of Eurovision 2017 was the sixth most watched television event of last week.
Estonia was represented by Koit Toome and Laura with the song “Verona”, despite being a fan favourite the two experienced singers failed to qualify for the final. They finished 14th in the second semi-final, 16 points away from qualification.
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Estonia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 alongside six other countries. At the contest in Dublin they were represented by Silvi Vrait, who finished 2nd last scoring just 2 points. In 2001 Estonia won the Eurovision Song Contest for the only time to date. They were represented by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL, who performed the song “Everybody” and took a surprise victory in Copenhagen. After the success of the late-90s and early 00s, Estonia failed to qualify for the final from 2004-2008. In 2009 Estonia launched a new selection show, Eesti Laul, and has since qualified for the final five out of eight attempts.