Chinese Broadcasting Company Dumped by Eurovision After Censoring Ireland's Gay Entry

Eurovision Has Blocked China From Watching This Year's Contest

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Andreas, a German Eurovision fan says: "There are so many people that come together, they are friendly, they love to have a party".

The termination means the planned Chinese telecast of the second semi-final did not proceed as scheduled and that Mango TV would be unable to broadcast this weekend's Eurovision grand final.

In a statement tonight, the EBU said: "On the 9th of May, Chinese broadcaster Mango TV broadcast the first Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest live but two performances were censored".

The organization did not say which acts had been cut by Mango.

LGBT culture remains taboo in China's entertainment industry where same-sex relationships are banned from television screens and gay content is forbidden on online streaming platforms.

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MangoTV, which has exclusive rights to telecast the show in China, also blurred out rainbow flags in the audience.

After two semi-finals held this week, 20 countries moved to Saturday's final while Britain, Italy, Spain, France and Germany got free passes as they are the biggest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union, which stages Eurovision.

O'Shaughnessy said he was glad the EBU stood up for diversity.

On Tuesday evening 10 countries including Israel, Cyprus and Austria qualified for the finals.

Such censorship is perhaps unsurprising from a country which has a history of media censorship.

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The Eurovision Song Contest has completed its lineup of 26 contestants who will face off for this year's crown, following a second semifinal. This section of the competition did not feature in the broadcast in China.

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Mango TV has not commented on the ban. "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.

Michael Idato is a Senior Writer based in Los Angeles for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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