The EBU reviews the figures achieved by the Eurovision Song Contest in terms of audience and production
25 countries participated in the Eurovision Grand Final. This event was organized by Rai, the Italian member of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union), and took place on Saturday, May 14 in Turin. The Ukrainian EBU member was the winner of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Stefania” performed by Kalush Orchestra.
An estimated audience of nearly 200 million people watched this year’s Contest, which was broadcast live in all 40 participating countries. The event also reached millions of people through TikTok, the official entertainment partner of the competition, where all three shows were streamed live for the first time and on YouTube. The 25 finalists performed live in front of an audience of nearly 7,000 people inside the PalaOlimpico.
Martin Österdahl, EBU Executive Supervisor of the ESC, said: “The Eurovision Song Contest is the only cultural event that truly unites Europe. This year it was more important than ever to bring millions of people together through our common values and love of music. The world’s biggest live music event is also the world’s most ambitious live television program and we couldn’t be happier and more grateful for the incredible job Rai has done here in Turin.”
The production used 24 cameras, 78 microphones and more than 2,800 lighting fixtures. 727 square meters of LED screens were used on stage and 440 loudspeakers brought “The Sound of Beauty,” this year’s theme, to the stadium audience.
Around 500 journalists were in the host city, Turin, to cover the event, and another 1,000 journalists covered the event from their home countries thanks to the Online Press Center.
The 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was a co-production between EBU and Rai. It was broadcast on forty European Broadcasting Union member broadcasters, in addition to the US Song Contest host NBC, which concluded on Monday, May 9, which also aired all of this year’s shows on its Peacock platform. In addition, fourteen EBU member radio stations broadcast the Grand Final live.