Semi-Final One viewing figures are up in Italy over last year, with a total of 423,000 viewers tuning into Rai 4.
In Italy, viewing interest in the Eurovision Song Contest was up, with a total of 423,000 viewers watching last nights first semi-final. The number of viewers watching the show is up 82,000 on the channels average viewership.
Overall 2,629,000 viewers watched at least one minute of last nights broadcast. The first semi-final had an overall market share of 1.74%, which is up .5% over 2018.
What is ‘Soldi’ About?
According to Mahmood, “Soldi” is a personal outburst, built on the relationship that the singer had with his father. The singer was born in Milan to a mother from Sardinia and a father from Egypt, however his father was absent from his life after the age of 6. Mahmood explained that his father has married four more times and left children around the world. Find out more about the message of the song here.
Mahmood will perform his Eurovision entry in the Grand Final in Tel Aviv on Saturday 18th May. As a member of the “Big 5” of biggest financial contributors to the EBU, Italy automatically qualify to the final of the contest.
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.