Almost half of the British public will not watch the Eurovision song contest this weekend, nor do you think that the UK entry will do very well, according to a YouGov poll.
Although the annual competition gets massive support from our European neighbours, it consistently fails to entice viewers at home. This year is set to be no different as the survey found that 44% of British adults claim that they will certainly not watch the infamous contest and another 33% state that they are unlikely to watch – 77% in total. Only five percent of the population state that they will certainly watch it, while still only 15% say they are likely to watch it. Perhaps unsurprisingly, twice as many women than men will be watching, with 26% of women and 15% of men admitting they are either likely or certain to tune in.
It seems that even if you do tune in, it may perhaps be a hope too far to expect a British victory. Only three percent of those who said they were certain or likely to watch the contest believe the British act, Josh Dubovie, has a good chance of winning. The 19 year-old from Basildon won the role in the BBC One television series competition ‘Eurovision: Your Country Needs You’ and will be singing ‘That Sounds Good to Me’, a song written by Pete Waterman especially for the show. Despite this fanfare, 41% still believe he will probably finish towards the bottom of the competition. This is probably more likely to be a reflection on Britain’s repeatedly poor placing on the show in recent years than a dismissal of Dubovie himself, but with scores like this it looks like he’ll need all the help he can get.