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Eurovision axes Chinese broadcast after censorship row

Eurovision axes Chinese broadcast after censorship row

Ireland has made it through to the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest - for the first time since 2013.

In response, the European Broadcasting Union, which produces the contest, has ended its contract with Mango TV, according to Irish news outlet Independent.ie.

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.

"This really is not in accord with the EBU's values of universality and inclusivity and also our proud heritage of celebrating diversity by songs", an announcement by your EBU stated.

The termination means the planned Chinese telecast of the second semi-final did not proceed as scheduled and that Mango TV would be unable to broadcast this weekend's Eurovision grand final.

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As excitement levels reach fever pitch ahead of tonight's final, friends and fans of Ireland's Euro hopeful Ryan have been sending us their good wishes to pass on to the Together singer.

With both the countries having already qualified for Saturday night's live final, if China were granted airing rights then they'd cut out their entries again, which is something Eurovision organisers says isn't an option.

'It doesn't matter whether it's between two guys and two girls or a guy and a girl. Any Pokémon enthusiast who saw her performance during the semi-finals might have also noticed a lyrical reference to Pikachu with, "I'm taking my Pikachu home", as well as a pixel display of the beloved electric rodent.

The Eurovision Song Contest final will air Saturday on Logo in the USA 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.

Mango TV has not commented on the ban.