70% of the viewing audience in Norway last night watched the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
NRK recorded an audience of 898,000 viewers for the first Semi-Final of Eurovision 2021, watching TIX qualify for the Grand Final. The show ended with an audience share of 70%, with just under 20% of Norway’s population watching last night’s show.
Viewing interest in the contest is up considerably compared to the equivalent show in 2019 when 678,000 viewers watched KEiiNO qualify. Head of Delegation Stig Karlsen commented:
This is the first time we leave with Norway’s biggest pop star at the top of his career. There is probably a lot of interest in Tix as an artist and the story and journey he has had in the last year.
Audience figures for Semi-Final One so far:
- Austria – 339,000 viewers – % share unknown
- Czech Republic – 106,000 viewers – % share unknown
- Germany – 700,000 viewers – 4.1% share
- Italy – 535,000 viewers – 2.2% share
- Norway – 898,000 viewers – 70% share
- Portugal – 298,000 viewers – 8.4% share
- Romania – 138,000 viewers – 2.1% share
- Spain – 564,000 viewers – 3.6% share
- Sweden – 1,562.000 viewers – 57.9%
- The Netherlands – 2,780,000 – 48.7% share
- United Kingdom – 617,017 viewers – 3.7% share
Who is Tix?
TIX (Andreas Haukeland) was born on 12th April 1993 in Bærum, Norway. His stage name “TIX” (“ticks”) is a nod to his diagnosed Tourettes syndrome. The singer is an advocate for mental health openness and has shared his thoughts and experiences in the past.
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: Kampanje
Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960 and have won the contest three times – in 1985, 1995 and 2009. The country has the dubious record of finishing last the most times, eleven in total, and have received nul points four times. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. He scored 387 points in the final, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from every country.