Eurovision cuts ties with China after they censored Ireland's performance

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The second semi-final takes place on Thursday, prior to the final performances on Saturday night, May 12.

Let's see how well you know the lyrics from the eighteen songs featuring in the second semi-final.

Ireland's Ryan O'Shaughnessy will have an extended stay in Lisbon this week as Ireland successfully qualified for Saturday's Eurovision final.

Cash-strapped public broadcaster RTP has vowed to stage a more "theatrical" contest that makes less use of video projections and new technologies, following in the footsteps of Sobral's performance at the festival in Kiev past year.

However, China's extremely strict broadcasting rules forbids any depiction of gay relationships to be aired.

A spokesman for parent company HunanTV told AFP that they "weren't aware" of edits to the Eurovision broadcast in China.

DJ Scott Mills, who is part of the BBC's Eurovision commentating team, called SuRie's track the "most Eurovision-friendly song the United Kingdom's had in years".

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Russian Federation had previously threatened to block the broadcast of O'Shaughnessy's performance but ultimately backed down on the issue.

Sobral, 28, who said after his win that "music is not fireworks, music is feeling", turned down the lights and simply swayed to the music as he performed "Amar pelos dois" ("Love for Two"), a song penned by his sister.

"It's so important, because not everyone is as liberal as the people in this [Eurovision press conference] room are, and the people I've gotten to meet over the past week".

It was a "very ugly and unfair situation" when the Ukrainian authorities barred Samoilova "so we are very glad that she will be able to show off her talent to the world this time round."

Speaking to the Irish Independent, O'Shaughnessy added: "We have been the underdogs since we came here and no one thinks Ireland has what it had".

"This song needed to make everyone dance, with a happy beat" but also "say something different about the #MeToo movement", the author of the song, Doron Medalie, said in an interview with The Times of Israel.

"Dublin for 2019! Unfortunately for RTE..."


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