Israeli Netta Barzilai to Sing in Finals of Eurovision Contest

Israeli Netta Barzilai to Sing in Finals of Eurovision Contest

The EBU has announced this evening that they have terminated their contract with Chinese broadcaster Mango TV after they censored Ireland's performance.

The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 airs this Saturday night on RTÉ One and BBC One.

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.

Mango TV chose to censor the performance, the channel is run by Hunan TV - China's second largest broadcaster and has been showing Eurovision in China since 2015.

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"This is not in line with the EBU's values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music".

But after Tuesday's semi-final she was overtaken by Cyprus' Eleni Foureira with a catchy pop song entitled "Fuego".

Supporters wave the flags of Europe at the Eurovision Song Contest. It has been broadcasting the Eurovision in China since 2015.

In the finals, which will be held may 12, will play the victor of the first semi-final: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania.

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Despite speculation Russian Federation would not broadcast the Irish performance, it was shown in full.

Speaking about the experience, Alan said: "It's an incredible feeling".

The bookmakers changed after the first semi-final of the competition.

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."

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"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. We are going to win it on Saturday.

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