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Ryan O'Shaughnessy welcomes Eurovision ban for China over censorship

Ryan O'Shaughnessy welcomes Eurovision ban for China over censorship Ryan O'Shaughnessy welcomes Eurovision ban for China over censorship
Anna Jefferson | 11 May, 2018, 04:47

Eurovision fans in the country say that the broadcaster censored O'Shaughnessy's performance in its entirety.

Alan McGrath and Kevin O'Dwyer, the two dancers accompanying Ireland's Eurovision hopeful Ryan O'Shaughnessy have revealed they were surprised by the huge cheers from the audience during their semi-final performance.

In Lisbon on Thursday evening, may 10, hosted the second semifinal of the worldwide song contest "Eurovision-2018".

Ireland are backThe former Britain's Got Talent competitor received a huge ovation at the first semi-final with his song about the end of an affair, performed with two male dancers acting out the couple's romantic story.

The Irish Times has reported that 'guidelines in China prohibit the broadcast of "abnormal sexual relationships and behaviours, such as incest, same-sex relationships, sexual perversion, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence, and so on".

Eurovision fansite ESCToday reports that the broadcaster also censored footage of rainbow flags being waved in the crowd at the event, using a crude "blur" tool to obscure the LGBT rights symbol.

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It had been speculated that Russian Federation would not broadcast the Irish performance, but it was shown in full.

The broadcaster was dropped by the contest's organising body the EBU after censoring two performances during Tuesday's semi-final.

'I don't remember one second on stage, it just was a blur, the feeling just from the whole arena was unbelievable, ' Kevin said.

Portugal as the victor of the previous contest, held in Kyiv, and organizer of the current "Eurovision" will immediately act in the final, along with representatives of the "Big five" - Germany, Spain, UK, Italy and France. Belarusians will not be able to vote, because we do not participate in this semifinal.

Barzilai, who reportedly fell down the stairs after it was announced that she had made it to the finals, said she was "proud and excited", and promised "to do whatever I can to bring next year's Eurovision to Israel". We are going to win it on Saturday. I hope they can afford it.

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