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Ireland jumps to third-favourite to win Eurovision after China censorship ban

12 May 2018, 11:27 | Marta Robbins

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The EBU, in return, barred Mango TV from broadcasting Thursday's second semifinal and the final, which involves acts from 26 countries. The other was Albania's competitor, Eugent Bushpepa, whom the Chinese station considered objectionable because of his tattoos.

A Chinese channel has been banned from broadcasting the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after it censored two performances and blurred LGBT items.

Online broadcaster, Mango TV, is linked to the state run Hunan Broadcasting System.

O'Shaughnessy said he was glad the EBU stood up for diversity. Having qualified from the second semi-final, he will open the Saturday show.

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

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That in itself is perhaps the biggest of China's diplomatic blunders; while Eurovision fans famously embrace inclusion, they also revere few things as much as the competition's much-loved, if slightly antique, scoreboard.

Despite not being European, Australia have been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2015, when they were invited to compete to celebrate the contest's 60th birthday. "A great Eurovision song is simply a great song".

One account, The Voice of Homosexuality, said the broadcaster's decision to remove references to homosexuality was a "major step backwards".

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. "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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