Eurovision bans China from airing final after censoring gay kiss

A general view of Sao Joao Castle and downtown Lisbon. – AFP

The Eurovision Song Contest, featuring musicians from 43 countries, is popular in countries outside of Europe, including China.

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. Also in the finals this year are automatically put Portugal as the host country of the 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.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said the move contradicted the "values of universality and inclusivity" and opposed Eurovision's tradition of embracing diversity.

It is understood Mango TV could not provide the EBU with an undertaking that the performances would not be censored for a second time.

As a result the EBU confirmed on Friday the broadcast rights agreement with Mango TV had been terminated.

According to The Irish Times, China have strict rules, citing that 'China prohibit the broadcast of "abnormal sexual relationships and behaviours, such as incest, same-sex relationships, sexual perversion, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence, and so on"'. It also separately blurred tattoos from Albanian singer Eugent Bushpepa. "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.

As one of the Big Five countries, along with Spain, Germany, France and Italy, the United Kingdom gained automatic access to tonight's grand final.

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