In the Netherlands viewing interest in the Eurovision Song Contest was the lowest since 2015 when Trijntje failed to qualify for the final.
Just 3,021,000 viewers tuned in to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2018 in the Netherlands on Saturday night. The competition lost 1 million viewers compared to the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Waylon who represented the Netherlands in this years contest, proved to be a controversial figure and received large levels of negative press during his participation in the contest. Despite the lower overall number of views, the contest still had a 58.8% share.
Viewing figures for Eurovision 2018 in the Netherlands:
- Semi-Final One – 1,097,000
- Semi-Final Two – 2,643,000
- Grand Final – 3,021,000
Waylon first came to public attention after he finished second on the first season of Holland’s Got Talent in 2008. He previously represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 as one half of The Common Linnets with Ilse deLange. The duo finished second with “Calm After the Storm”, the highest placing for the Netherlands since their last win in 1975 with “Ding-A-Dong” by Teach-In. He left The Common Linnets soon after the Eurovision and returned to his solo career. He has been a coach on The Voice of Holland for the past two years.
Waylon represented The Netherlands at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. He was internally selected by Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS, and sang “Outlaw In ‘Em”. The Netherlands finished 18th with 121 points.
The Netherlands debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has gone on to compete in all bar four contests. To date the Netherlands has won the contest on four occasions the latest being in 1975. The Netherlands struggled in the contest from 2000 onwards, between 2004 and 2013 the country only qualified twice for the final. The countries best result since 1975 occurred in 2014 when The Common Linnets finished 2nd in Copenhagen with a total of 238 points, 52 points behind Austria.