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

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

It was reported that Ryan O'Shaughnessy's song Together was cut out of the Mango broadcast because it includes two men dancing together.

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.

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.

The results of the second semifinal of the Eurovision song contest 2018 final of the competition took place in 10 countries, namely: Serbia, Moldova, Hungary, Ukraine, Sweden, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Slovenia, the Netherlands. However, there are Chinese Eurovision fans out there and the number is growing.

China's Global Times, a Chinese tabloid, on Friday said the two acts Ireland and Albania fell foul of Chinese censors as they featured an LGBT theme and tattoos.

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"This really is not in accord with the EBU's values of universality and inclusivity and also our proud heritage of celebrating diversity by songs", an announcement by your EBU stated.

"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.

She was followed by Israeli Netta Barzilai's "Toy" which had been the favourite to win until the first semi final on Tuesday when it slipped on the rankings.

Tonight's final is the climax of the week-long Eurovision contest, which has already seen its share of controversy and surprises.


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