4.5 million people tuned in across Italy last night to watch the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Last night saw a record number of people watching on RAI1, the national broadcaster, to watch Måneskin clinch Italy’s first victory in over 30 years. 4.5 million people tuned in, giving the channel a 25% audience share, two new Eurovision records in Italy.
Italy, who have found themselves in the running to win several of the recent editions, have seen strong viewership in the past. Previously the record audience figure in Italy came from the 2017 contest, when 3.7 million (a 20.17% share) tuned in to watch Francesco Gabbani and the 3.5 million people (with a 19.7% share) who watched in 2019 to see if Mahmood could clinch the crown in Tel Aviv.
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Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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 three times, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 2021. 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 eight occasions.