Sunday 23 July 2017

Eurovision viewers switch off in droves as Ireland's losing streak continues

Brendan Murray performs during the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Brendan Murray performs during the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Sean O'Grady

Ireland's fourth consecutive failure to make it past the Eurovision semi-final seems to have had a knock-on effect, as viewers have switched off from the competition in droves.

Brendan Murray (20) missed out on a place in tonight's final in Kiev, Ukraine, after his song 'Dying To Try' failed to impress viewers around Europe.

The Eurovision final was watched by 329,000 people in Ireland in 2015, a slight decrease from the 392,000 viewers who tuned into 2014's final. However, this is a far cry from earlier years such as in 2010 when 718,094 people watched returning winner Niamh Kavanagh sing in Oslo, Norway.

The following year saw an even bigger audience tune in to the song contest with former X Factor contestants Jedward bringing in an audience of 1.16 million. The sibling duo delivered one of Ireland's best results in recent years, finishing in eighth place.

Speaking after his loss in the semi-final, Brendan, from Tuam, Co Galway, said he had tried his best.

"It's been four years and it's so hard. You go out there and do your best but there's nothing you can do. I don't know. It's difficult," he said.

Irish Independent

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