The host nation of Portugal recorded their highest viewing figures in seven years for a Eurovision Semi-Final, as nearly 1 million viewers watched the contest.
On average during the course of the show 984,600 viewers watched as the host nation of Portugal kicked off this years competition in Lisbon. The viewing figures represented the largest number of viewers watching the competition since 2011, and an increase of 91,600 viewers over last year.
In total the show had a market share of 22.6% and was the most watched television show between 20:10 and 2:50, beating private channels TVI and SIC. Last night Portugal joined the 19 competing countries as well as the United Kingdom and Spain in voting for the ten acts they wanted to see in the Grand Final.
Cláudia and Isaura won Festival da Canção at the end of February. After a tie for first-place, they were declared the winners when the public vote took precedence. Their song O jardim will now be the first ever Portuguese Eurovision song to compete on home ground.
Claudia Pascoal was born in 1994 in Portugal. The singer rose to fame in 2010, when she took part in Portuguese talent show Ídolos. In 2013, she participated in the first season of Factor X, and a year later she auditioned to become a host of Curto Circuito, finishing in 3rd place. She returned to participate in Ídolos for a second time in 2015, and also went on to compete in The Voice Portugal.
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by António Calvário, the country finished last scoring nul points. Prior to 2016, the best result of Portugal in the contest was 6th place. This 6th place came in 1996 when Lúcia Moniz performed “O meu coração não tem cor” on stage in Oslo, Norway. She scored 92 points receiving 12 points from both Norway and Cyprus. Since their debut in 1964 Portugal has missed a total of five contests, the latest being in 2016. After their spectacular win last May, in Kyiv, Portugal will host the 2018 edition of the contest in the capital, Lisbon.