China's Mango TV Banned From Airing 'Eurovision Song Contest' After LGBT Censorship

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When Israel's act Dana International took to the stage in 1998, she was the first ever Eurovision transgender performer to feature in the contest.

The UK's Eurovision hopeful SuRie was interrupted by a stage invader during her performance at the grand final in Lisbon.

And the contest's organisers have barred China from showing the final after one of its TV stations censored LGBT elements of Tuesday's semi-final.

This exclusive documentary features all the original seven Eurovision-winning performances in their entirety plus exclusive interviews with numerous winners including Johnny Logan, Dana, Linda Martin and Paul Harrington with Charlie McGettigan.

Alexa, how many years has Eurovision been on the air?

The country which furnishes the victor organizes the following year's competition.

She just has to hold that spell for four more magic moments and she's got a clear run for the top five.

Netta Barzilai, who performed her song Toy, has been the favourite with bookmakers to win this year's competition.


As the first trans victor, Dana is widely credited with making it more acceptable for subsequent LGBT champions, including bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst in 2014.

"On the 9th of May, Chinese broadcaster Mango TV broadcast the first Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest live but two performances were censored", the statement read.

The EBU has since terminated its relationship with the station.

But it was a short return: Russia's contestant Julia Samoylova went out in the semifinals, while Ukraine singer Melovin advanced to the Grand Final.

Alexa, when is the Eurovision Song Contest starting? "Bringing the song to life you never know, you write something, you feel it there but singing it on the stage tonight was beyond my expectations".

Dittrich, who has grew watching Eurovision, said the show was especially empowering for youth still feeling conflicted about their identity.

Barring technical glitches, the victor of the 2018 event should be crowned before midnight (2300 GMT) at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.

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