Israel have been crowned 2018 Eurovision Song Contest winners with Ryan O’Shaughnessy earning Ireland a 16th place finish with his song “Together”. The former actor from Skerries in Dublin received a respectable total of 136 points from the competing nations. Ryan gave a confident performance in front of a packed house in Lisbon but is no stranger to the stage, previously reaching the final of the sixth series of Britain’s Got Talent in May 2012, eventually finishing in fifth place. Ryan also appeared on the first series of The Voice of Ireland.
Earlier this week Ireland grabbed the last qualifying spot in the first semi-final defying the bookmakers odds of 5/1 to reach the final. Following Ryan’s performance, the European Broadcasting Union banned China from airing the remainder of the contest following the country’s decision to censor his performance due to it’s portrayal of LGBT content through two male dancers.
The Dubliner singer backed the EBU’s stance saying “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. I think it’s a really important decision by the EBU, they haven’t taken it lightly, and I think it’s a move in the right direction. I’m happy about it.”
Tonight’s event in Lisbon provided some unscripted drama when a stage invader grabbed the microphone from United Kingdom entrant Surie during her performance.