While it may have been the most watched show on YLE TV2, only 525,000 viewers watched this years Grand Final in Finland.
The viewing figures for the first semi-final in which Finland competed and the Grand Final were level at 525,000 viewers. The lack of increase in viewers between the first semi-final and the Grand Final represents a disappointing level of interest this year, with viewing interest traditionally growing between the semi-finals and the Grand Final.
The overall viewing figures for this years contest were as follows:
- Semi-Final One – 525,000 viewers (YLE TV1)
- Semi-Final Two – 177,000 viewers (YLE TV2)
- Grand Final – 525,000 viewers (YLE TV2)
Finland finished 12th in the first semi-final represented by Norma John and their song “Blackbird”. Had the results been decided by 100% televote, Finland would have qualified in 10th with 51 points. However the jury placed the song 12th with just 41 points.
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Finland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, they debuted alongside Spain and Yugoslavia. Finland has finished last in the contest on 10 occasions and has received ‘nul points’ three times. It wasn’t until 2006 that Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest, Lordi represented the country in Athens with the song “Hard Rock Hallelujah” scoring 292 points a record total at the time. Finland last performed in the final in 2014 when Softengine finished 11th with the song “Something Better”.