From Justin Timberlake’s performance to Ukraine’s victory, a raft of moments from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest inspired more than 7 million tweets on the night – a new record.
For all the cheesy song lyrics and questionable dance routines, nothing seems to capture people’s imaginations quite like the Eurovision contest. Fans, brands and celebrities were out on Twitter full force for a competition that was eventually won by Ukraine’s Jamala. It’s likely the breadth of interest was due in part to the Eurovision contest being shown by American broadcasters for the first time.
— Eurovision (@Eurovision) May 14, 2016
Such was the level of interest worldwide that more than 7 million tweets for the contest were posted last night.
My husband just told me he voted for Poland while I was making tea. A reminder that you never *really* know another human being. #Eurovision — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 14, 2016
Well ain't that a thing. I'm really happy for Jamala & Ukraine. For once a song from the heart wins #EurovisionSongContest
— Simon Le Bon (@SimonJCLeBON) May 14, 2016
When Australia thought they'd won #Eurovision but Ukraine stole it from them in the last second pic.twitter.com/XIHyNzk51m — robyn• (@robyndavidsonxo) May 14, 2016
— Robin Wainwright (@Biologinge) May 14, 2016
#Russia lost because the 100,000 #Russian soldiers in #Ukraine couldn't get a phone signal. #Eurovision#Putin. pic.twitter.com/LsTtZTMcwq — Glasnost Gone (@GlasnostGone) May 15, 2016