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

12 May, 2018, 08:14 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Eurovision 2018

There is also a "mother trophy" with a generic Eurovision Song Contest logo, which finds its home in the reception area of the European Broadcasting Union's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Audiences for this year's Eurovision Song Contest will be treated to a greater mix of languages than usual when performers take to the stage on Saturday.

The organizers of the annual Eurovision Song Contest say they have torn up their contract with China's Mango TV after it allegedly censored two performances.

Mango TV, one of China's most watched online channels, reportedly "blacked out two performances", during Tuesday's competition, the Irish and Albanian entries.

China's Global instances, a state-owned Ireland, stated on Friday the two behaves - eire and Albania - dropped foul of Chinese censors because they featured an LGBT motif and tattoos.

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Ireland's ballad Together - which is about the end of a relationship and is performed by singer Ryan O'Shaughnessy - includes two male dancers, Alan McGrath and Kevin O'Dwyer.

On Tuesday, May 8, China's Mango TV blurred a rainbow flag that appeared during Switzerland's performance and also made a decision to cut performances from Ireland and Albania.

Fans posted images on social media confirming that the censorship extended as far as blurring the names of the offending countries - Albania and Ireland - from the competition's leaderboard in the final scoring segment of the semi-final telecast.

"It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster", the statement said. China in 2016 classified homosexuality as unfit subject matter for television, along with abuse, incest, and general "perversion".

O'Shaughnessy told the BBC that the EBU's decision to cut ties with MangoTV was "really important" because "from the very start we have just said love is love".

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