Audience members walk out during Voice of Ireland's raunchy performance
Voice of Ireland bosses were the centre of criticism last night after dancers on the show performed a provocative routine in skimpy clothing.
Viewers were shocked as they saw the performers strip off on stage and mimic sexual acts.
The dance act, which accompanied contestant Danica Holland’s rendition of Lady Gaga’s hit ‘Do What You Want’, closed last night’s show.
Judge Bressie compared the performance to nineties erotically-charged film Basic Instinct.
Danica sang the pop hit as half-naked dancers performed the controversial moves behind her.
It has been reported that some members of the audience left the auditorium in the Helix in north Dublin after the raunchy routine. One member of the audience walked out with her nine-year-old daughter.
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Last night saw the 12 acts take to the stage singing songs from artists like Kelly Clarkson, country singer Miranda Lambert and pop icon David Bowie.
After battling it out for a place in the next show, four male contestants Padraig Byrne, Peter Whitford, Martin McInerney and Craig McMorrow were sent home.
Westlife star Shane Filan was reunited with his former bandmate Kian Egan as he hung out with his friend backstage.
Each of the coaches, Jamelia, Kian Egan, Bressie and Dolores O'Riordan, watched as three of their acts performed.
Danica sang the pop hit as half-naked dancers performed the controversial moves behind her. (Photo: YouTube/RTE)
The top scoring act from each team went straight through to the next round, leaving the mentors to decide from the remaining two acts on their team who to keep and who to drop.
The showdowns included performances by Aisling Connolly and Remy Naidoo, who are both on judge Jamelia's team and managed to make it through to the next round.
Several audience members reportedly left the show
Producer at the show’s production company ShinAwiL, Larry Bass has defended the decision to show the racy performance before the watershed.
‘‘It’s nothing more than you would see on Hollyoaks and that goes out at 7pm,’’ he told the Irish Daily Mail.
‘‘If anything we are showcasing some amazingly talented dancers and hopefully they can inspire children around the country to take up dancing,’’ he added.
The Voice of Ireland have maintained that they are "a big family entertainment show", "just like all family entertainment shows around the world".
"The aim and objective of Shinawil and RTE is to provide the best possible quality entertainment and on shows like this dancing is an integral part of the full stage experience," read a statement from the show's producers.
"It's not our intention to offend anybody and we hope that everybody sees it for what it is ... Modern dance at it's very finest. Costumes have always been a part of the conversation sound dance. Would the same people be upset if they went to the ballet."