Eurovision axes Chinese broadcast after censorship row

Eurovision axes Chinese broadcast after censorship row

It also appeared to blur rainbow flags waved by the audience.

10 may took place in Lisbon the second semi-final of the song contest "Eurovision".

Ireland's entry in this years Eurovision, Ryan O'Shaughnessy, has supported the decision to block a Chinese broadcaster after they censored his performance in the semi-final due it's LGBT content.

Over the last ten years, it's safe to say that Ireland have definitely had some unforgettable acts.

The EBU said in a statement Thursday the contract allowing the Chinese broadcaster to televise the 2018 contest was terminated immediately, leaving Mango TV unable to air the second semifinal on Thursday and the Grand Final on Saturday.

Those involved but not necessarily the face of the performance are not forgotten; the songwriters and composers of the winning entry receive smaller versions of the same trophy. While the performance got Ireland through to the final round of the competition for the first time in five years, China reportedly adhered to its strict broadcast guidelines to not show any kind of LGBTQ material on its networks.

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

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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.

Back in 2005, Lebanon were hopeful of joining the ranks of Eurovision contenders but ended up withdrawing after they stated they'd not show Israel's song.

Mango TV has not commented on the ban.

"I would like to welcome the decision by the EBU to do that because from the very start we have just said love is love", said O'Shaughnessy.

The Eurovision Song Contest commands a global television audience of around 180 million.

The Eurovision Song Contest final will air Saturday on Logo in the USA with RuPaul's Drag Race judge Ross Mathews as co-host alongside Drag Race contestant Shangela, as well as on a slew of networks around the world including the BBC.

The journalist travelled to Lisbon courtesy of SBS.

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