Eurovision Song Contest bans China's Mango TV over Ireland and Albania censorship

SuRie at Eurovision 2018

And now that we've found out the running order for Saturday night, we're officially nearly at the Eurovision finals.

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

But SuRie believes her mix of music and "high-end technology" will make her stand out in a crowded field of competitors.

'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'.

Portugal is hosting the event for the first time after its entry, jazzy solo ballad "Amar pelos dois" ("Love for two") by Salvador Sobral, won the contest a year ago in Ukraine.

This year marks the first time Azerbaijan, Romania and Russian Federation have failed to qualify for the grand final since 2004.

The Irish entry, Collectively, sung by Ryan O'Shaughnessy, can be a love song about a connection involving two males and includes two male dancers, though Albania's action included actors with tattoos.


A first semifinal to choose 10 finalists was held on Tuesday.

O'Shaughnessy will perform third from last, while SuRie will be ninth to appear.

"I like the mix of flags, and the singing in the local languages and the mix of people", Lorenzo Formento, a 40-year-old Italian logistics manager who lives in Madrid and came to Lisbon for the final, told AFP.

"I'll present my song and then I can enjoy the rest of the night".

The decision to block China's Mango TV from showing Eurovision was made by the European Broadcasting Union.

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

Ken Bruce will present BBC Radio 2's coverage, while former Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc will deliver the result of the United Kingdom vote live from London.

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