Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

O'Shaughnessy supports decision to ban Chinese broadcasters

O'Shaughnessy supports decision to ban Chinese broadcasters

MangoTV, which has exclusive rights to telecast the show in China, also blurred out rainbow flags in the audience.

The singing competition blocked China's Mango TV from airing the second semi-final after it did not air Ireland's performance.

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"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.

Ireland joined 18 other countries as they performed in the hopes of landing one of the top ten spots, which would see them move on to the main stage during Saturday's final.

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Those involved but not necessarily the face of the performance are not forgotten; the songwriters and composers of the winning entry receive smaller versions of the same trophy.

And, after what basically felt like forever, Ireland's Ryan O'Shaughnessy was called as the tenth finalist of the night - the first time they have qualified since 2013.

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Andreas, a German Eurovision fan says: "There are so many people that come together, they are friendly, they love to have a party". 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 global song contest Eurovision-2018.

In addition to China and Australia, the first edition of that contest is expected to include Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea and Vanuatu.

The ban will take place immediately, meaning Mango TV will be not be able to air Eurovision's second semi-final or the grand final rounds. "I would like to welcome the decision by the EBU to do that because from the very start we have just said love is love".

Portugal is hosting this year's event because its entry, a jazzy solo ballad by Salvador Sobral, won the contest last year in Ukraine.

Michael Idato is a Senior Writer based in Los Angeles for The Sydney Morning Herald.

The journalist travelled to Lisbon courtesy of SBS.

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