Australia’s Isaiah has placed ninth in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final. Yesterday in Kyiv, Ukraine, Isaiah took to the stage to perform his song “Don’t Come Easy”, alongside 25 other Grand Finalists.
The scores of the voting juries and viewing public in 42 countries including Australia were combined for the official results.
Salvador Sobral (pictured) from Portugal was crowned Eurovision winner with his song “Amar Pelos Dois” being awarded 758 points. Bulgaria took out second place, and Moldova in third place.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said:
“Isaiah has been such a fantastic ambassador for Australia at Eurovision, and we are incredibly proud of his performance in the Grand Final. Making the Grand Final every year that Australia has been in the contest is no small feat, and is a fantastic acknowledgement of our creative talents and passion and enthusiasm for the contest.
“Australian audiences have had a romance with Eurovision for over 30 years and we have ever increasing affection for the contest, which shares the same values as SBS of celebrating diversity. We look forward to doing it again next year.”
Australian head of delegation Paul Clarke said:
“Isaiah won a lot of hearts at Eurovision with his huge talent and his gracious spirit. It is a wonderful thing to be able to offer such a huge opportunity on the world stage to an artist so deserving, one who we know will go on to great things.”
After the voting by the juries Australia was ranked fourth. However, Australia only got two votes from the public telephone voting and ended up running ninth. The only country to get a lower public telephone vote was Austria which received zero votes.
The Australian jury was the only country to give its 12 points to the UK.
Eurovision TV ratings
First semifinal replay Friday night: 509,000 (Metro 403,000, Regional 106,000)
Second semifinal replay Saturday night: 465,000 (Metro 350,000, Regional 115,000)
Eurovision final live Sunday morning: 195,000 (Metro 148,000, Regional 47,000)
Eurovision final replay Sunday night: 381,000 (Metro 308,000, Regional 73,000)