A total of 1.17 million viewers watched last night as Eurovision: You Decide 2019 was broadcast live from Salford.
In the United Kingdom a total of 1.17 million viewers watched as the nation selected their participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The show had a share of 6.4% of the viewing audience. While viewing interest was higher than last year, it is down on the last time that the competition was held on a Friday evening in 2017.
Eurovision: You Decide remained on BBC Two for a third year, having started off on BBC Four in 2016. This year saw the competition move back from a Wednesday evening to a Friday night. The ratings for the final of the UK selections are as follows:
- 2019 – 1,170,000 – 6.4% share (BBC Two)
- 2018 – 920,000 – 4.8% share (BBC Two)
- 2017 – 1,260,000 – 6.6% share (BBC Two)
- 2016 – 680,000 – 3.2% share (BBC Four)
- 2010 – 2,920,000 – 12.5% share (BBC One)
- 2009 – 5,610,00 – 25% share (BBC One)
- 2008 – 5,003,000 – 24% share (BBC One)
Eurovision: You Decide was hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw, and took place in Media City UK in Salford. During the show, there were guest performances from SuRie, last year’s British representative, Netta, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and a medley featuring The Fizz and Katrina Leskanich, both former Eurovision winners for the United Kingdom.
The winner was chosen over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the expert panel determined which three acts and version of each song went forward to face the public vote. In the end, it was Michael Rice who was victorious.
Source: Digital Spy
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.