Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Eurovision 2018: Chinese channel barred from airing contest

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Wallace Pearson | 12 May, 2018, 14:20

Andreas, a German Eurovision fan says: "There are so many people that come together, they are friendly, they love to have a party".

The European Broadcasting Union has cut ties with Chinese broadcaster Mango TV after the company censored two of the performances from the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest's semi-final.

This year's contest is being held in Lisbon.

The country also enforces strict guidelines that say 'programmes should not feature actors with tattoos, hip hop culture, sub-culture (non-mainstream culture), and dispirited culture (decadent culture)'.

We will remind, Yulia Samoilova was supposed to represent Russian Federation at Eurovision-2017 in Kiev, but she was denied entry to Ukraine due to the fact that she performed in the occupied Crimea.

"A rainbow flag in the audience, which reflects the LGBT community, has been likewise been blurred from the air", that the Global Times stated.

For the right to reach the final of the competition, fought participants from 18 countries, including the representative of Ukraine Melovin.

"It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster and they will not be permitted to broadcast the second Semi-Final or the Grand Final", it said in a statement.

Now that we have the runner order for the grand final and saw the full show for the first time this afternoon, bookies have even more trust in Eleni. But the severity of the ban is surprising given the perceived value of expanding the Eurovision brand into Asia broadly and into China specifically.

In Lisbon ended the second semifinal of the worldwide song contest Eurovision-2018.

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

Ireland's Eurovision entrant Ryan O'Shaughnessy said the decision to ban the Chinese broadcaster was a positive one.

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