MTVA saw its smallest viewing audience for a Eurovision Grand Final this millennium, with fewer than 150,000 viewers watching the contest from Tel Aviv.
Hungary saw interest in the Eurovision Song Contest hit a record low, after the nation failed to qualify for the Grand Final of this years contest in Israel. The final on Saturday evening saw just 145,000 viewers watch the show, this was 3x smaller than the the that watched the final in 2018. The show was the least watched final for a contest that Hungary has competed in this millennium.
Viewing interest for Eurovision 2019 in Hungary was as follows:
- Semi-Final One – 226,000 viewers
- Semi-Final Two – 90,000 viewers
- Grand Final – 145,000 viewers
Who is Joci Pápai?
Joci Pápai is returned to the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time this year. The singer represented Hungary for the first time in 2017 with the song “Origo”, the song finished 8th in the final scoring 200 points.
He performed at this years contest with the song “Az én apám” (My Father). He won the latest series of A Dal, having consitently performed well with the juries throughout the selection process.
Hungary debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, they were represented by Friderika Bayer and the song “Kinek mondjam el vetkeimet”. She went on to finish in 4th place scoring a total of 122 points and four sets of 12 points. This result remains’ Hungary’s best in their history in the contest. Hungary participated from 1994 to 1994 before withdrawing until 2005, the country didn’t return again until 2008. Hungary then once again withdrew in 2010 before returning in 2011. Since their return in 2011 Hungary has qualified for the final every year.