The number of viewers that watched the first semi-final in Italy, have fallen by 20% compared to the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.
404,000 viewers watched last night in Italy as the first semi-final of the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place. The number of viewers was down by 20% compared to the same show last year, replicating the fall in viewers that has been seen in Germany and France.
During the course of the evening over 2.75 million people watched at least one minute of the semi-final. While the audience was made up of 60% female viewers and 40% male viewers.
Meta & Moro will compete in the grand final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, to take place in Lisbon this May. They will follow in the footsteps of Francesco Gabbani, who finished in 6th place in last year’s contest in Kyiv with a total of 334 points.
“Non mi avete fatto niente” marks the first time that Meta & Moro have worked as a duo, yet they decided to come together for this year’s Sanremo Festival to stand against the issue of terrorism. The song was written as a response to the fear that resulted from the terrorist attack that took place at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last May, and Meta has commented that it is intended to be a ‘dance against fear’.
Source: Eurofestival News
Italy debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past. Italy has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 1990. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on five occasions.