7 million viewers watch UK finish Eurovision in last place

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7 million viewers watched the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK last night.

Michael Rice represented the UK with his song Bigger Than Us, written by Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik and Jonas Thander.

He finished last in 26th spot (out of 26) tonight with a total of 16 points after the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, hosted by Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub.

An average audience of 7 million viewers watched the telethon live in the UK on BBC One with a peak audience of just below 8 million.

The show started at 8PM and, after originally being scheduled to finish at 11:40PM, concluded at midnight UK time as the winner was revealed.

The viewing figures were the biggest of the night and up ever-so-slightly on 2018's 6.9 million and 2017's 6.7 million.

It seems the UK has not fallen out of love with Eurovision, even with our woeful record in recent years.

In Saturday's show, the UK entry Michel had a total of 13 points from the juries of the 41 countries involved but just 3 points from viewers across Europe (and Australia), leaving him bottom of the leaderboard.

> See the Eurovision 2019 scoreboard in full.

Providing commentary for the show on BBC One, Graham Norton said: "I hope he's not upset because he did all he could tonight, he really did.

He added: "Our hearts go out to Michael and the whole team who worked so, so hard on the competition this year.

"You can't fault his performance tonight and he absolutely did not deserve that result.

"It was really unfair, and I hope he's OK... He's got his mum and his Nan here, and we will all go and give him a hug later on."

Eurovision will return to screens in May next year.

This year's winners the Netherlands will host the contest.

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