Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Eurovision Has Blocked China From Watching This Year's Contest

Eurovision Has Blocked China From Watching This Year's Contest

Ryan O'Shaughnessy, Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest finalist, is now third favourite to win tonight in Lisbon.

During this year's Eurovision Song Contest - a long-running competition between European countries - Chinese online broadcaster Mango TV reportedly censored out portions of Ireland's entry to the competition.

The Chinese broadcasters also blurred out an LGBT flag during Switzerland's entry and blacked out Albania's performance because singer Eugent Bushpepa had tattoos on show.

Both Albania and Ireland were successful in reaching Sunday's grand final, meaning that both songs would again be performed in the telecast, risking a repeat of the censorship of the semi-final.

The country won't be hearing "Hello from Lisbon" after the EBU, the organisers of the global singing competition, made a decision to ban the state's Eurovision 2018 broadcaster following its censorship of LGBT elements during the first semi-final.

Guidelines released in China in 2016 characterized homosexuality as an "abnormal sexual behavior" which is unfit for Chinese television.

Mango TV, who purchased the broadcasting rights in 2015 to broadcast the show in China until 2018, are seen by some Chinese Internet users as just a pawn, since they are not in a position to decide what is shown. "It doesn't matter whether it's between two guys and two girls or a guy and a girl".

For both countries to go head-to-head this year, Russian Federation first has to get through Thursday's semi-final.

"It's got a really handsome concept... a kind of light tunnel that I can move in and out of, supporting the story and enhancing the beats of the song".

This is not in line with the EBU's values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music.

The EBU announced on Friday the termination of its contract with China's MangoTV, preventing it from broadcasting Thursday's second semi-final and Saturday's grand final hosted in Lisbon, Portugal.

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