The contest will lose millions of viewers by missing Russia

The contest will lose millions of viewers by missing Russia

The Eurovision song Contest this year has a lot less viewers drawn than last year. The two semi-finals and the finals reached 182 million people in 42 countries. That there are according to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) about 22 million less than last year.

The main reason for this was the absence of Russia. Singer Julia Samojlova would her country represented in Kiev, but the Ukrainian authorities want to have her not allow it because they was previously by Russia ingelijfde Crimea occurred. According to the Ukrainian law is traveling to the Crimea on Russian territory is an offence.

More than 1.4 million Portuguese looked to the finals, in which they, their fellow countryman Salvador Sobral with the victory of the pull saw. Since 2008, the Contest in Portugal not not so much viewed as this year. The Bulgarian television picked up a record number of viewers (650.000), and also in Italy, Ukraine and Germany went up the numbers. In Germany, even for the eighth year in a row.

In the Netherlands, looked at more than four million people to the finals. That there were slightly less than last year, when the show with Douwe Bob, 4.2 million viewers attracted. The Dutch record stands at 5.1 million viewers. That was set in 2014 when The Common Linnets high eyes threw.

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