SRF has recorded its largest audience for the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final in over a decade, with nearly 50% of viewers watching the show live from Tel Aviv.
On average 660,000 viewers were watching SRF on Saturday night as Switzerland recorded its best result at the Eurovision Song Contest in over 25 years. Luca Hänni performed “She Got Me”, finishing 4th in the final with a total of 360 points. Viewer interest peaked at 912,000 when Luca was performing his song in the Grand Final. Overall market share for the show in German-speaking Switzerland was 49.4%.
Reto Peritz, the Head of Delegation commented:
In addition to Luca Hännis fantastic placement at ‘ESC’, the interest of the Swiss public, of course, particularly pleased. It shows us how important the biggest music competition in the world is for Swiss artists and confirms not least the great performance of Luca Hänni and the entire delegation.
The second semi-final on Thursday evening, was watched by an average of 422,000 viewers. This was almost three times the number of viewers who watched the semi-finals last year in Lisbon, Portugal.
Who is Luca Hänni?
Luca is a singer-songwriter from Bern, Switzerland. He is best known for competing in the ninth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar in 2012. He went on to win the show, becoming the first non-German singer to do so. His debut single topped the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and his debut album reached number one in Switzerland and Austria.
The singer has a link to the Eurovision Song Contest having been the nation’s spokesperson at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. He announced the results of the Swiss jury which awarded 12 points to Salvador Sobral of Portugal.
Switzerland hosted the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 a contest that they won. Lys Assia won the first contest with the song “Refrain”, it wasn’t until 1988 that Switzerland would win the contest again. At the contest in Dublin, it was Celine Dion with “Ne partez pas sans moi” who beat the United Kingdom to victory by just 1 point. In 2019 Luca Hänni brought Switzerland their best result at the Eurovision Song Contest in 26 years. The singer who performed “She Got Me”, finished 4th in the Grand Final.