Eurovision Returns To Glitz, Politics And Censorship

Israel has won the Eurovision Song Contest, held this year in Lisbon. The winning song, "Toy," by Netta, was a return to the over-the-top, cheesy style that many people associate with the singing competition.

When he won last year, Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral told the crowd he hoped his victory would bring back "music that means something." He said, "Music is not fireworks, music is feeling."

This year, as in contests past, some of the audience booed as the Russian voting results were being read, a response to anti-LGBT policies in Russia. Eurovision has a large gay following, and rainbow flags are frequently seen in the crowd alongside national flags from competing countries.

Chinese viewers of Tuesday's semifinal would have struggled to make out those flags, though, as Mango TV blurred out rainbow flags.

China, which doesn't compete in the contest, also edited out two of the acts from the performance.

The Albanian singer, Eugent Bushpepa, had visible arm tattoos, and a Chinese regulation introduced earlier this year banned tattoos from appearing on TV.

Mango TV also cut the Irish entry, Ryan O'Shaughnessy's "Together." The song charts the decline of a relationship, and the performance is accompanied by two male dancers who are clearly meant to be the couple in the song. Read more via NPR

צפו בביצועים של נטע ברזילי מהתכנית "הכוכב הבא" לשיר "Sing Hallelujah" Netta on Eurovision

Ryan O'Shaughnessy and team perform 'Together' live at the Eurovision 2018 Semi Finals in Lisbon.