China's Mango TV Banned From Airing 'Eurovision Song Contest' After LGBT Censorship

Eurovision Has Blocked China From Watching This Year's Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest, featuring musicians from 43 countries, is popular in countries outside of Europe, including China.

Organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest, the riotously camp transcontinental music competition, banned a Chinese TV station from broadcasting Saturday's 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. The official line is that Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), an Australian TV network, had broadcast the Contest for a number of years and the organisers EBU thought it might be nice to get them involved. On May 11, Reuters reported that Ireland's entry featured dancers performing a gay storyline set to Irish singer Ryan O'Shaughnessy's "Together".

Albania's performance was cut due to the singer Eugent Bushpepa's tattoos.

This year marks the first time Azerbaijan, Romania and Russian Federation have failed to qualify for the grand final since 2004.

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MangoTV is owned by China's second most watched channel, state-run Hunan TV, prompting one social media commenter to say "the problem isn't with the channel, it's a reflection of the state's control of speech".

Though it has not yet transpired, there has been a prevailing sense behind the scenes that China would be the next country the EBU would invite into the European song competition, following the template established by Australia in 2015. "In the very start we've simply said really like would be enjoy, does not matter whether it really is among two men, two ladies, or some man and a girl", he said.

The final of the 63rd edition of the annual contest will see 26 acts perform in Portugal at Lisbon's Altice Arena.

'They haven't taken this lightly and I think it's a move in the right direction so I'm happy about it'.

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