Eurovision 2018: Chinese broadcaster disqualified from airing Eurovision final

12 May, 2018, 14:23 | Author: Gary Shelton
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Alexa can answer trivia questions including: "who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962?", "when did ABBA win Eurovision?" and "which years did Ireland win Eurovision?".

MangoTV is owned by China's second most watched channel, state-run Hunan TV, prompting one social media commenter to say "the problem isn't with the channel, it's a reflection of the state's control of speech".

On a more sour note, the event's organizers said they have torn up their contract with China's Mango TV after it allegedly censored two performances. Mango also blurred a rainbow flag held by an audience member.

Twenty-six countries will compete at Eurovision's grand final - the 20 best semi-finalists will be joined by the Big Five - the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy - as they are the biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union, which produces Eurovision - and host country Portugal.

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It is understood Mango TV could not provide the EBU with an undertaking that the performances would not be censored for a second time. The EBU have since revoked chinas rights to broadcast the final!

Both Ireland and Albania have qualified for Saturday's grand final. 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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Irish singer Ryan O'Shaughnessy's performance, which was axed from the Chinese broadcast, made headlines as the first to feature a same-sex couple in Eurovision's 63-year history.

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Though no official date has been set, reports suggest the Eurovision Asia Song Contest could launch as early as October.

Teen Vogue has reached out to Mango TV for comment.

Ireland's O'Shaughnessy welcomed the decision, telling the BBC: '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.

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

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