The BBC has defended its broadcast of the Eurovision semi-finals after not airing one contestant’s big romantic moment.
Some viewers voiced their anger when they discovered the boyfriend of Macedonia’s Jana Burceska got down on one knee and asked her to marry him live on air.
The BBC said it could not have foreseen the proposal because it was a surprise.
A BBC spokesman told the Press Association: “The marriage proposal took place in an advert break – as the BBC does not show adverts, it prepares extra content to run in its place.
“As the proposal was obviously a surprise, the BBC could not have foreseen this.
“We have made the proposal available on the BBC Eurovision website for fans to enjoy. Congratulations to the happy couple!”
SHE SAID YES!!!!! 💍💍💍💍💍💍💍 pic.twitter.com/Kd7Xyu7dr9— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) May 11, 2017
Just before the proposal, to which she said “yes”, Burceska, 23, had revealed that she was pregnant.
The second semi-final, presented by Mel Giedroyc and Scott Mills on BBC Four, saw a yodelling rap duo, a trio of sisters and a popera singer go through to the Eurovision Song Contest’s grand final.
But after discovering the clips of the proposal online, some viewers felt that they had missed out.
I can't believe there was a Eurovision proposal and the BBC didn't show it!— Anastasia Gammon (@StasiaWrites) May 11, 2017
The second semi-final of the contest took place in Kiev on Thursday night as viewers across Europe voted their top 10 acts from the round through to Saturday’s final.
:: The Eurovision Song Contest grand final is on Saturday on BBC One at 8pm.