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United Kingdom: Viewing Numbers Rise in Second Semi Final

BBC Four’s coverage of the second semi final on Thursday had 550,000 views with commentary from Scott Mills and Rylan.

This was an increased number compared to Tuesday’s show which had 50,000 less viewers.

In addition, this is significantly more viewers compared to last year’s second semi final in the UK. Last year’s contest held in Kyiv in Ukraine had 350,000 viewers.

The increase in viewers from Tuesday was a surprise as UK viewers were not allowed to vote in the second semi final. As a member of the Big 5, the United Kingdom were granted voting rights for the first semi final only along with Spain and the host country Portugal.

The United Kingdom will be 9th to appear in tonight’s Grand Final after the host country Portugal and before Serbia. They will be represented by SuRie with her song “Storms”.

She was selected after she won the United Kingdom’s national final show Eurovision: You Decide back in February with her song “Storm”. This is not the first time she will appear on the Eurovision stage, as she was a backing singer for Belgium in both 2015 and 2017.

Source: Tellymix

The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top 10 only twice, this being in 2002 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen. Last year the country found relative success in Kyiv, when Lucie Jones finished in 15th place with “Never Give Up On You”. The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top 10 only twice, this being in 2002 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen. Last year the country found relative success in Kyiv, when Lucie Jones finished in 15th place with “Never Give Up On You”.

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