This was posted by STE a couple of days ago;
BREAKING- Ekozian broadcaster, STE, today shockingly announced that the country would once again participate in the 53rd WorldVision Song Contest after previously announcing that the broadcaster planned to move away from international broadcasting to focus on the quality of national programming however it has been revealed that MelodieFestivålen winner Hafthor Viktorsson, 25, will represent the country with his winning single Where We Belong.
Ekoz previously fully participated in the 50th edition of the contest, finishing 11th, their second lowest placing since the country’s debut in WorldVision 32. Media reactions to the STE’s announcement differ from outlet to outlet, many describing the broadcasters erratic change of stance in regards to participation of the contest. Public opinion to the contest has dramatically declined in recent editions with a viewership of 51.2% (33,210,923) watching the 50th edition; WorldVision 40 received a viewership of 89.98% (57,230,123). A spokesperson for the WorldVision delegation at the STE stated…
“The STE never conclusively announced that Ekoz would never return to the contest, it was just a case of when is best appropriate. The STE has taken on board the public attitude towards returning and feel it is precisely the right time to return, and the most recent winner of MelodieFestivålen, Hafthor, is a perfect representative for our country. It’s time to get the ratings of the contest back to where they were previously, and we are extremely confident that we will.”