Malta's Christabelle eliminated from Eurovision Song Contest


Chinese broadcaster Mango TV has reportedly been barred from televising the Eurovision Song Contest.

Singer Jessica Mauboy of Australia performs during the second semi-final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.

Despite a lack of evidence or details beyond mere speculation, that video was then tweeted by the Irish artist Ryan O'Shaughnessy who is the co-writer and performer of the Eurovision song in question.

China's broadcasting authority banned depictions of same-sex relationships on television in 2016, and more recently blocked programs from booking guests with tattoos as part of a broader crackdown on "vulgarity".

In her favour, SuRie is unlikely to be dazzled by the contest at the Grand Final as she's a bit of a Eurovision veteran - she has been a backing dancer and vocalist for the Belgian team twice.

In a statement, the EBU confirmed that Mango TV "censored" two performances.

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The 20 semi-finalists who made the cut join the Big Five - Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom - along with host country Portugal who all are guaranteed a spot in Sunday's grand final.

Eurovision fansite ESCToday reports that the broadcaster also censored footage of rainbow flags being waved in the crowd at the event, using a crude "blur" tool to obscure the LGBT rights symbol. "I don't think they have discrimination against homosexuality", wrote Weibo user YoushiTianhui.

A spokesman for parent company HunanTV told AFP that they "weren't aware" of edits to the Chinese broadcast.

'It hits hard at you, to make you feel the most comfortable, and it moves you in such a way that you physically don't even have to be moved, it's like an in-body experience, ' she added.

She joins the ranks of Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, and Isiah Firebrace who represented Australia in the Eurovision in previous years, who all placed in the final 10.

There's tough competition though, Israel's entry Netta might just have the right combination of catchy tune and oddness that has defined many a Eurovision victor.