Söngvakeppnin tops the ratings in Iceland with 120,000 viewers tuning in to the final of the country’s selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
The final of Söngvakeppnin 2018 topped the television ratings in Iceland last week with 120,000 viewers watching the final live. The contest had a rating of 48.4%, over the course of the final reached 163,000 people with a reach of 65.5%.
The final was watched by 40,000 more viewers than the second most watched show last week and remains one of the most watched television events of the year in Iceland.
Eurovision Song Contest ratings in Iceland:
- Eurovision Song Contest 2017 – Final – 153,000 viewers
- Eurovision Song Contest 2016 – Final – 136,000 viewers
- Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – Final – 137,000 viewers
- Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – Final – 168,000 viewers
Ari Ólafsson won the final of Iceland’s selection process with the song “Our Choice”, he received a total of 44,919 votes. Runner up Dagur Sigurðsson received 39,474 votes having previously topped both the jury and public vote during the first round of the final.
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Iceland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and, aside from 2 years of relegation in 1998 and 2002, has participated every year since. The contest is incredibly popular in Iceland, regularly being one of the most watched programmes of the year. Iceland has yet to win the contest but has finished in 2nd on two occasions. In 1999, Selma missed out on victory in Jerusalem by 17 points, and in 2009 Yohanna became the most successful Icelandic entrant ever finishing 2nd in the final with the song “Is it True?”. She scored 218 points, yet still finished 169 points behind the runaway winner Norway.