Eurovision Song Contest boasts over 8 million viewers despite UK 0 point disappointment

Eurovision: James Newman reacts to getting zero points

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Figures have now unveiled how many people in the UK joined the BBC on Saturday night to watch the Eurovision Song Contest. Millions of viewers saw a crushing defeat for the UK once again as James Newman came last with his song Embers, with zero points given from any of the other countries. The bookies’ favourites were accurate as the end of the night saw Italy celebrate the win with the heavy metal band, Måneskin.

Data has found that 7.4 million people watched the contest on BBC One, with a peak audience of 8.4 million and a 48.5 percent audience share.

Italy beat off the other 25 contestants for the top prize and managed to score a total of 524 points.

After the win, next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Rome, Italy.

It was a welcome return to normality for fans after the 2020 show was cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Italian band featured vocalist Damiano, bassist Victoria, guitarist Thomas and Ethan on drums.

The entry was the favourite to win the competition this year with the band’s single, Shut Up and Good.

As they took to the stage to receive their award, Måneskin said: “We just want to say to the whole of Europe and the whole world, rock and roll never dies.”

Ahead of the final, Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “The Italians are the ones to beat in Rotterdam as far as the odds concerned, with France posing the most likely threat.”

Joining the UK at the bottom of the leaderboard was Germany and Spain, who are also part of the big five who automatically go through to the Grand Finale.

There was a mixed reaction from UK viewers, some of whom were surprised the ratings had been so high.

Responding to news of the UK viewing figures, one person took to Twitter to say: “Oh god, they’ll bring it back next year then….”

Another wrote: “It was a great show last night,” while a third commented: “I’ll happily keep paying my tv license just for Eurovision each year.”

“Last time to watch that festival. Politics is the main feature of that festival and not music,” a fourth said.

Another gave their view, writing: “Those are high numbers by today’s standards. I’m not fully aware of the process in selecting who and what song represents the UK but next year the game needs upping 10000 times!”

One added: “Good, that’s why we won’t flounce off and stop participating.”

“Brilliant. What a night. And those stats don’t say how many people watched in small groups so we’re looking at least double that number or more for people watching,” commented another viewer.

Speaking before the Grand Finale, Italy’s entry said they hoped if they won they could travel the globe together.

They explained: “The best part of the whole event is having the possibility of playing in front of 3,000 people, we were missing that a lot.

“The last time we played live was two years ago, in London! We’re used to playing arenas in Italy.

“We’re focusing on doing our best in the final.”

The Eurovision Song Contest is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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