The Grand Final of Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 has been deemed a rating success with the contest out performing the slot average on La Trois.
In total 63,500 viewers tuned into La Trois to watch the final of Eurovision Choir of the Year on July 22. The competition had a market share of 5%, more than triple the average audience share for the channel on a Saturday night. La Trois which broadcasts cultural content for RTBF normally has a market share of just 1.4% for this time of year.
The following viewing figures have also been released over the past couple of days:
- Austria – ORF – 140,000 viewers
- Belgium – RTBF – 63,500 viewers
- Denmark – DR – 81,000 viewers
- Slovenia – RTVLO – 246,600 viewers (Total reach)
- Wales – S4C – 52,000 viewers (Total reach)
The competition has been praised by Telepro for the production values of the event, as well as a clear focus on singing, which they view as a return to the Eurovision Song Contest of the 1990s.
Belgium were represented by Les Pastoureaux at the contest in Latvia. The choir which is formed of schoolboys from Waterloo has been performing since the 1970s and was internally selected to take part in the contest by RTBF. At the contest they performed two pieces in French “Dans la troupe” and “Ensemble”. They did not place within the top three.
Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 was won by Carmen Manet from Slovenia. The choir performed two pieces during their six minutes on stage and beat off competition from eight other choirs from across Europe. Wales finished second in the final, while the host nation of Latvia finished third. The contest was broadcast live in ten countries across Europe and across the world online.
Watch the winning performance below: