Ryan O'Shaughnessy is delighted the EBU has terminated their contract with a Chinese production company after they edited Ireland's song out of their semi-final broadcast on Tuesday and declares that the 'Eurovision is about diversity and inclusion'.

Ireland’s Eurovision entrant also welcomed the European Broadcasting Union’s decision to ban China from airing the singing competition after the country censored his performance because of its LGBT content.

O'Shaugnessy said: "I think it's a good decision. It might take Mango TV a few years to really get what the Eurovision is about which is inclusion.

"The theme this year is All Aboard which is celebrating diversity.

"The EBU are right to revoke those rights as it goes against the ethos of the experience." 

Speaking to RTÉ's Sinead Crowley in Lisbon the Together singer added: "I've been around here the last two weeks and I am feeling so much love from everyone involved, including the CEO and all the guys up higher in the EBU. Everyone is just really involved in the artists.

"I think the Eurovision is all about inclusion and celebrating diversity and that is exactly what the EBU is now standing for." 

Dancer Alan McGrath who performs alongside O'Shaughnessy was surprised when he heard that China had cut Ireland's performance from their broadcast.

He said: "It is more surprising to feel that is still how people think nowadays. We are very lucky where we come from to have very open-minded people."

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His fellow dancer Kevin O'Dwyer added: "I think it will intrigue people to watch the video more and get Ryan's message out there that Love is Love and everybody deserves the right to love." 

Looking ahead to tomorrow night O'Shaughnessy revealed he is not nervous thanks to all the support he is receiveing from home.

"I feel more energised knowing everyone back home is supporting us.

"I'm not feeling nervous at all, I think we are going to go out and smash it!"

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You can watch the Eurovision Song Contest on RTÉ One, Saturday May 12 at 8.00pm. Or tune in to RTÉ 2FM for live commentary. 

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