United Kingdom: Peak of 3.4 Million Viewers For the Semi-Final One!

With Eurovision 2023 being hosted in the UK and with British interest in the contest rekindled, the BBC decided to broadcast the semi-finals not on BBC Three or BBC Four, as it used to, but on BBC One.

BBC One is the UK broadcaster’s main channel and this change has dramatically increased viewership for the competition in its first stage, the semi-finals, where ratings are traditionally lower than in the Grand Final.

An average of 2.3 million viewers watched the First Semi-Final on BBC One, while the corresponding First Semi-Final last year was watched by 545 thousand viewers. So, this is an increase of 623% compared to last year! In fact, yesterday’s semi-final reached a peak of 3.4 million viewers at one point!

Indicatively, the viewership in other BIG 5 was as follows yesterday:

Germany: 590 thousand viewers

Italy: 1.9 million viewers – 8.6% viewership

The organization of the contest by the United Kingdom, last year’s success of Sam Ryder, the recruitment of famous women to present the contest and much more seem to be reflected in the Eurovision 2023 viewing figures for the British.

Great start for the UK, who vote in Thursday’s 2nd Semi-Final and as a member of the BIG 5 and host nation, compete directly in the Grand Final. This year, the UK has given the anointing of representation to Mae Muller with ‘I Wrote A Song’, who has even been drawn to close Saturday’s Grand Final.

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Sweden: The betting odds, just a few moments before the first Melodifestivalen 2022 semi-final results!

Melodifestivalen 2022 has already began, with the first semi-final and the new competition and voting format in place, already being aired on SVT and SVT Play. Seven contestants will have to compete against each other tonight, in order to secure one of the direct finalist places, or if not directly qualifying to the finals, claiming their ticket for the fifth semi-final, as their last chance in the hopes of competing at the finals.

Tonight’s contestants

  1. Malou Prytz  - Bananas
  2. THEOZ  - Som du vill
  3. Shirley Clamp   - Let there be Angels 
  4. Omar Rudberg  - Moving Like That
  5. Danne Stråhed  - Hallabaloo
  6. Cornelia Jakobs  - Hold Me Closer
  7. Robin Bengtsson   - Innocent Love 

The odds

The betting odds depend on many factors and as these factors are subject to changes anytime, the odds can still fluctuate, even last minute. Currently there seem to be two clear direct finalists and these are Robin Bengtsson and Cornelia Jakobs.


As for the two fifth semi-final’s qualifiers, we might have quite a close combat between some of the artists. Currently, in the third and fourth place of the betting odds we have Theoz and Omar Rudberg.

This will not be a surprise at all, as these two young artists are massive influencers in Sweden and also Omar has had global success last summer in 2021, with him starring at the Netflix hit series “Young Royals“. Sadly, Malou Prytz is unlucky for one more year. Maybe she gets lucky and it happens sometime in the future.

Let’s see what is going to happen, we will get the chance to watch the actual semi final live, on SVT and SVT Play and of course at EurovisionFun you will get the chance to be informed about the results, as soon as they are announced on TV!

Which two of today’s competing artists do you think will be the direct finalists, on the 12th of March?

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Source: Eurovision World