A peak of 37,000 viewers watched last night on CT art as the final of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 took place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
On average 25,100 viewers were watching the show last night on CT art, with a peak of 37,000 viewers recorded at 21:45 CET, just after all of the six finalists had performed. The figures represent an increase of 4,500 viewers over the number of viewers who watched the competition when it was last held in 2016.
Viewing figures for Eurovision finals in the Czech Republic:
- Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 – 25,100 viewers
- Eurovision Song Contest 2018 – 252,000 viewers
- Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 – 36,500 viewers
- Eurovision Song Contest 2017 – 155,000 viewers
- Eurovision Young Musicians 2016 – 20,600 viewers
Six of Europe’s most talented young musicians took part in the final of the 19th edition of the contest, these were:
- Birgitta Elisa Oftestad (Norway) – Elgar – Cello Concerto, 4th movement
- Nikola Pajanović (Slovenia) – Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto, 3rd movement
- Indi Stivín (Czech Republic) – Stivín – Bohemian Suite for Double Bass, 2nd & 3rd movements
- Mira Foron (Germany) – Sibelius – Violin Concerto, 3rd movement
- Máté Bencze (Hungary) – Ibert – Concerto da Camera for Saxophone
- Ivan Bessonov (Russia) – Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No 1, 3rd movement – 1st
Each of the six finalists performed alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Each musician performed for 12 minutes and hoped to impress the three jury members who decided the winner. The jury members were;
- Sir James MacMillan
- David Watkin
- Marin Alsop
- Anna Meredith
- Andrew Moore
Eurovision Young Musicians has been held bi-annually since 1982. The contest was based on the format of The BBC Young Musician of the Year in the United Kingdom. Performers in the contest must be aged under 18 years and are selected by their participating broadcaster. Each performer performs a piece of classical music of their choice accompanied by the local orchestra. The winner is decided by a jury made up of classical music experts and talents.