Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

China's Mango TV Banned From Airing 'Eurovision Song Contest' After LGBT Censorship

China's Mango TV Banned From Airing 'Eurovision Song Contest' After LGBT Censorship

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced today on its official website that it will terminate its deal with China's Mango TV to broadcast the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

The EBU, the event's organising body, made the decision to axe Chinese coverage of tomorrow's final after the broadcaster opted to censor both Albania and Ireland's songs.

In response, the EBU prevented Mango from airing the next installment of the semifinals, which took place Thursday, and the grand finale on Saturday.

The country won't be hearing "Hello from Lisbon" after the EBU, the organisers of the global singing competition, chose to ban the state's Eurovision 2018 broadcaster following its censorship of LGBT elements during the first semi-final.

O'Shaughnessy's ballad was accompanied by two male dancers acting out the romantic story of a couple, which got a huge cheer from the audience.

It also decided not to air performances by the Irish and Albanian entries.

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. In keeping with tradition, the glass of this year's Eurovision trophy is engraved with the host city's name and the host country's flag.

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.

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".

Catch the final of The Eurovision Song Contest on BBC One, this Saturday from 8pm.

Teen Vogue has reached out to Mango TV for comment.

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