Belgium JESC: Half a million tune in

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Over half a million viewers tuned in to see eight-year-old Thor! win the Belgian final for this year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it was reported today.

More viewers tuned in to the second part of the show, and at its peak, the Eurosong for Kids final was watched by 631,547 people in total. The figure represents a 25.9% share of the viewership, which is described as modest, although this fact can be attributed to the popular programmes shown on commercial channel VTM on Sunday evening.

Appreciation "exceptionally high"
Eén stressed, however, that viewer appreciation was high, with a viewer rating of 7.81 – a figure described as "exceptionally high" for an entertainment programme. Young winner Thor! was certainly appreciated by the television audience, who voted him top of the five candidates, pushing the eight-year-old singer into a clear lead in Sunday's final.

Both semifinals achieved similar viewing figures, although the introductory show of 10th September – where the young contestants sang with famous Belgian stars, including Eurosong and Eurovision stars – fell short of the half million mark, coming in at 441,915 viewers at its peak (22.09% viewership share).

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Richard West-Soley

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Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site