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Friday, 24 May 2013 12:13

Iceland: RÚV Records High Viewing Figures

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Iceland, a Scandinavian country which is yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest have been relatively successful since the two semi-final format was initiated back in 2008, noting that qualification has been assured each time. In 2009, their success peaked with a first runner-up finish as Yohanna sang her heart out to the ballad Is It True? which had achieved the maximum twelve points from Malta amongst other nations. RÚV, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Iceland is extremely satisfied with the results especially from a spectators' view noting that most of the population tune in to watch the annual showcase. 

Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson, the artist who represented Iceland in this years' spectacle had won the national selection as Söngvakeppnin beating a number of favourites including former representatives; Yohanna and Birgitta. Ég á Líf, composed by Örlygur Smári to the lyrics Pétur Örn Guðmundsson was the first entry presented in Iceland since 1997. The semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest were watched by 92.9% and 98.4% respectively with the latter figure depicting the first evening in which the track was presented. Due to the qualification into the final, audience figures soared once more and peaked at 98.9% making it one of the largest in the continent. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: RÚV, escXtra, (image)
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