Ireland jumps to third-favourite to win Eurovision after China censorship ban

Satellite dish at the EBU's headquarters in Geneva Switzerland

The results of the second semifinal of the Eurovision song contest 2018 final of the competition took place in 10 countries, namely: Serbia, Moldova, Hungary, Ukraine, Sweden, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Slovenia, the Netherlands.

Netta Barzilai, who performed her song Toy, has been the favourite with bookmakers to win this year's competition.

Speaking in Lisbon, O'Shaughnessy yesterday praised the decision to ban a Chinese network from broadcasting the rest of the contest.

It is the first time the country has failed to qualify since the current system of semi-finals was introduced. Mango also blurred a rainbow flag held by an audience member.

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LGBT culture remains taboo in China's entertainment industry where same-sex relationships are banned from television screens and gay content is forbidden on online streaming platforms. The song by Ryan O'Shaughnessy featured two male dancers acting out a romantic storyline. "I would like to welcome the decision by the EBU to do that because from the very start we have just said love is love".

"It doesn't matter whether it's between two guys and two girls or a guy and a girl", he told the BBC. "They haven't taken this lightly, and I think it's a move in the right direction, so I'm happy about it".

Although Ireland retains the record for the most wins with seven victories, the last was in 1996, and Ireland has rarely troubled the top of the leaderboard since then. Also in the finals this year are automatically put Portugal as the host country of the Eurovision song contest.

Singer-songwriter Michael Schulte will represent Germany with his heartfelt ballad "You Let Me Walk Alone", written in memory of his father who passed away when he was only 13.

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