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China Barred From Airing Eurovision Finale After Censoring LGBT Content

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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. Israel's entrant - 25-year-old Netta Barzilai - appears to be one of the favourites going through to the grand final with her fittingly obscure, but arguably catchy song, TOY. Mango TV made the decision to black out O'Shaughnessy's act.

The Chinese broadcasters also blurred out an LGBT flag during Switzerland's entry and blacked out Albania's performance because singer Eugent Bushpepa had tattoos on show.

There will also be a Eurovision 2018 playlist available on Amazon Music with all of the competitors' singles. 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 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.

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The official winner's trophy of the Eurovision Song Contest is a handmade piece of sandblasted glass in the shape of a microphone.

The first of the Eurovision semi-finals was held in Lisbon on Tuesday evening, with the second held on Thursday.

Mango is owned by government-controlled Hunan TV, but it wasn't immediately clear if it made the cuts on its own or at the direction of government regulators, United Kingdom newspaper The Independent reports.

Today it has a combined global audience of around 200 million people - more than the Super Bowl in the United States - and has served as a global launching pad for the likes of ABBA and Celine Dion.

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