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Monday 21 January 2019

BAI upholds complaint over raunchy Voice dance

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has partially upheld a complaint about a sexy dance routine on RTE's the Voice of Ireland.

The performance involved dancers rolling around on the floor in a provocative manner.

The complainant described the dance as containing "clear sexual overtones" and stated that she was "tired of having her children subjected to increasing amounts of sexuality in the name of 'entertainment'".

She described the dance, which was broadcast as part of Danica Holland's performance of Lady Gaga's Do What You Want as "unnecessary".

The dance was broadcast at 6.30pm on Sunday March 23.

Judges

On the night, the judges which included Bressie, Kian Egan, Dolores O'Riordan and Jamelia, praised Holland for her vocal efforts, but weren't overly impressed with the floor show.

Bressie told the Cork woman that she had done well, considering the fact that scenes from Basic Instinct were going on around her.

Cranberries singer, Dolores O'Riordan said that the performance "was a bit raunchy," while Jamelia praised the singer for maintaining focus amid the antics on stage.

Shinawil, the producers of the programme, responded to the complaint by saying that public attitudes to matters of sexuality have changed dramatically in recent decades.

They also said that Shinawil always takes into consideration the audience and the fact that the programme is being broadcast pre-watershed.

RTE argued that that The Voice isn't a children's programme. Figures show that just over 12pc of The Voice's audience are aged between 4 and 17 which means that it does not qualify as a children's programme.

While the BAI threw out the complaint relating to children being exposed to the dance routine, they did partially uphold the complaint due to a lack of "due care".

They said that the nature and timing of the programme was such that it constituted "family viewing" and that children would be watching.

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