Eurovision Song Contest gets its lineup for Grand Final

12 May, 2018, 14:19 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Eurovision 2018

Questions to ask include: "when is the Eurovision Song Contest starting?", "what is the Eurovision theme this year?" and "who is the United Kingdom entry for Eurovision this year?"

Chinese broadcaster Mango TV cut two acts from the competition's semifinals in Tuesday's episode, CNN reports.

Australia turned up in style with Guy Sebastian (the Aussie equivalent of Bruno Mars) and finished, impressively, in fifth place.

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.

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.

The EBU said the censorship was not in line with its values of diversity.


On Tuesday, May 8, China's Mango TV blurred a rainbow flag that appeared during Switzerland's performance and also chose to cut performances from Ireland and Albania.

"It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster", the statement said.

It became known that the representative of Ukraine MELOVIN will open the Grand final.

The singer Ryan O'Shaughnessy, representing Ireland, sang a sentimental breakup ballad, "Together", which featured two male performers dancing and holding hands. The other was Albania's competitor, Eugent Bushpepa, whom the Chinese station considered objectionable because of his tattoos. This section of the competition did not feature in the broadcast in China. "It doesn't matter whether it's between two guys and two girls or a guy and a girl". There has also been a crackdown on tattoos, with media regulators censoring actors who are inked.

'I think it's a really important decision by the EBU, they haven't taken it lightly, and I think it's a move in the right direction - I'm happy about it'.

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