Over 3.4 million viewers watched in Italy last night as Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro represented the country at Eurovision 2018.
3,430,000 viewers watched last night in Italy as Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro represent their country in Eurovision 2018. The two singers who teamed up together for the first time performed the song “Non mi avete fatto niente”, and went on to finish 5th with a grand total of 308 points. Italy was one of the surprise results of last nights show, they finished 17th with the juries but ended the night in third with the public vote.
During the course of the evening 14,583,000 viewers watched at least one minute of the Grand Final. The viewing figures peaked during the Italian performance with 4,406,000 viewers watching their countries entry. With a share of 18.63%, this years contest is the second most watched since they returned to the contest in 2011.
“Non mi avete fatto niente” marked 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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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 six occasions.