On average less than 35,000 viewers were watching as Italy participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus.
For a fifth consecutive contest the number of viewers tuning in to watch the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Italy has fallen. An average of 34,300 viewers watched on Rai Gulp as Melissa & Marco represented their nation at the competition in Belarus. The competition had a viewing share of 0.21%, which is by 0.02 percentage points over last year.
During the course of the competition 283,000 viewers came in contact with the program. A peak of 78,900 viewers was recorded during the announcement of the voting, this peak is up on last years competition.
Italy’s viewing figures in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest:
- 2014 – 151,000 viewers
- 2015 – 78,200 viewers
- 2016 – 50,000 viewers – 0.31% share
- 2017 – 37,000 viewers – 0.23% share
- 2016 – 34,300 viewers – 0.21% share
Of note is that Rai Gulp was the least watched of the children’s television stations in Italy for the timeslot that the competition was being broadcast.
Italy finished 7th in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, recording their third top ten finish since debuting in the competition in 2014. Italy were represented by Melissa & Marco with the song “What is Love”. They were 5th with the juries on 94 points and 8th in the online vote with 57 points.
Who are Melissa and Marco?
Fourteen-year-old Marco Boni is from Abruzzo, Italy, and ten-year-old Melissa di Pasca is from Alassio. Marco attended “Musicomania” school in Avezzano, and has been recently attending the Italian Academy of Performing Arts in Rome. On top of this, Marco has won over 26 international competitions, including Sanremo Junior.
Melissa has also performed on many stages and shows in her career. Her most notable performance is at VB Factor Kids, an Italian musical competition.
In October it was revealed that the duo would represent Italy at the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest with their song “What is Love”. The duo travelled to Venice to shoot the video for their song.
Source: Eurofestival News
Italy debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2014. Their first and only win to date was on their debut, when Vincenzo Cantiello came in 1st place with 159 points with his song “Tu Primo Grande Amore”. Their worst result was in 2015 when twins Chiara & Martina came 16th with 34 points with their song “Viva”. Since their debut, Italy have participated in every contest.