Chinese Broadcasting Company Dumped by Eurovision After Censoring Ireland's Gay Entry

Rex  Shutterstock  ITV  Ken Mc Kay                   Su Rie has explained her decision not to perform again at Eurovision

Rex Shutterstock ITV Ken Mc Kay Su Rie has explained her decision not to perform again at Eurovision

Controversy surrounding censorship of O'Shaughnessy's semi-final performance in China has helped to promote the song and the Irish delegation is enjoying the type of attention previously experienced in the country's Eurovision glory in the 1990s.

The Albanian singer Eugent Bushpepa's act was reportedly not shown because Bushpepa and his bandmates are heavily tattooed. Mango also blurred a rainbow flag held by an audience member. The broadcaster blacked-out the performance of Ireland and Albania, which Global Times, Chinese state tabloid, stated contained tattoos an "LGBT elements".

The EBU announced on Friday the termination of its contract with China's MangoTV, preventing it from broadcasting Thursday's second semi-final and Saturday's grand final hosted in Lisbon, Portugal.

"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.

Vyacheslav Prokofyev via Getty Images                   SuRie's performance was interrupted by a stage invader
Vyacheslav Prokofyev via Getty Images SuRie's performance was interrupted by a stage invader

Former Britain's Got Talent star Ryan O'Shaughnessy succeeded in getting through to the next stage after singing his ballad Together, about the end of a love affair, at the semi-final in Lisbon.

The EBU stated that it terminated its relationship with Mango TV during the contest this year. In 2016, 204 million people around the world tuned into the contest, so it's no small event. "From the very start we've said love is love - whether it's between two guys, two girls, or a guy and a girl, so I think this is a really important decision", he told the BBC. "It doesn't matter whether it's between two guys and two girls or a guy and a girl".

'They haven't taken this lightly and I think it's a move in the right direction so I'm happy about it'.


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