Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Why Eurovision is so much more than a song contest

Eurovision top image GETTYEurovision 2018 Cyprus knocked off top spot by Norway before they've even performed
Melody Ballard | 12 May, 2018, 14:19

It is being held this year in the Portuguese capital Lisbon because the Portuguese contestant, Salvador Sobral, won last year's event in Kiev, Ukraine.

It is also unclear how the ban affects the planned Eurovision Asia Song Contest in which China is expected to participate.

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

Andreas, a German Eurovision fan says: "There are so many people that come together, they are friendly, they love to have a party".

'This is not in line with the EBU's values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music.

Twenty-six countries will compete at Eurovision's grand final - the 20 best semi-finalists will be joined by the Big Five - the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy - as they are the biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union, which produces Eurovision - and host country Portugal.

Both Ireland and Albania have qualified for Saturday's grand final.

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The EBU said: "On May 9, Chinese broadcaster Mango TV broadcast the first Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest live but two performances were censored".

Mango TV was criticised on social media for apparently blurring rainbow flags and censoring tattoos during Tuesday's first semi-final.

Free Watch Eurovision 2018 at Eurovision's official website www. Mango TV and China's TV and radio regulator did not reply to request for comment. "From the very start we have just said love is love", he told BBC Four.

The Eurovision Song Contest commands a global television audience of around 180 million.

Around this time past year, Italy also lost their big leap and Portugal and Bulgaria started to present themselves as potential Eurovision winners.

Michael Idato is a Senior Writer based in Los Angeles for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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