Dutch Waylon through to Eurovision Song Contest finals

Dutch Waylon through to Eurovision Song Contest finals

Darren Sullivan
May 12, 2018

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said the move contradicted the "values of universality and inclusivity" and opposed Eurovision's tradition of embracing diversity. Mango TV allegedly pixelated rainbow flags in the audience and cut Ireland's presentation altogether.

Portugal for the first time takes the song contest "Eurovision", and on stage in Lisbon Altice already has taken the main award of competition - a figurine in the form of a microphone.

Chinese audiences will not be able to see The Eurovision Song Contest after its broadcaster, Mango TV, was dropped by the event's organising body.

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.

And the contest's organisers have barred China from showing the final, after one of its TV stations censored LGBT elements of Tuesday's semi-final. Having qualified from the second semi-final, he will open the Saturday show.

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That in itself is perhaps the biggest of China's diplomatic blunders; while Eurovision fans famously embrace inclusion, they also revere few things as much as the competition's much-loved, if slightly antique, scoreboard.

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.

Mango TV failed to immediately answer a CNN petition for comment.

"From the very start we've just said, "love is love, doesn't matter if it's between two guys, two girls, or a guy and a girl", O'Shaughnessy said.

The Eurovision Song Contest final will air Saturday on Logo in the US with RuPaul's Drag Race judge Ross Mathews as co-host alongside Drag Race contestant Shangela, as well as on a slew of networks around the world including the BBC.