Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Eurovision Song Contest bans China's Mango TV over Ireland and Albania censorship

Eurovision Song Contest bans China's Mango TV over Ireland and Albania censorship

"This is not in line with the EBU's values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music", said the EBU in a statement, according to The Independent. Mango TV allegedly pixelated rainbow flags in the audience and cut Ireland's presentation altogether.

The semi-finalists, including Australia, advancing to the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Mango TV made the decision to black out O'Shaughnessy's act.

Teen Vogue has reached out to Mango TV for comment.

And the contest's organisers have barred China from showing the final, after one of its TV stations censored LGBT elements of Tuesday's semi-final. Albania's act involved performers with tattoos.

You can find out for yourself when the Eurovision Grand Final airs Saturday, May 12 at 3pm ET/12pm PT on Logo, as well as Logotv.com, the LogoTV mobile app and on Logo's YouTube channel. But the severity of the ban is surprising given the perceived value of expanding the Eurovision brand into Asia broadly and into China specifically.

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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.

Speaking in Lisbon, O'Shaughnessy yesterday praised the decision to ban a Chinese network from broadcasting the rest of the contest.

"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.

Today it has a combined global audience of around 200 million people - more than the Super Bowl in the United States - and has served as a global launching pad for the likes of ABBA and Celine Dion. Also in the finals this year are automatically put Portugal as the host country of the Eurovision song contest.

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

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