How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest will not be shown in China after two performances were censored in a local broadcast.

Chinese audiences will not be able to see The Eurovision Song Contest after its broadcaster, Mango TV, was dropped by the event's organising body.

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

So it makes sense to spell this one out yet again, so we can all crack on with more important matters - such as who to bet on to win some money and which (responsibly undertaken) drinking games to deploy ahead of Saturday's final.

The dispute arose when part of the televised content's show was cut by the Chinese channel, during Tuesday's semi-final.

After two semi-finals held this week, 20 countries moved to Saturday's final while Britain, Italy, Spain, France and Germany got free passes as they are the biggest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union, which stages Eurovision.

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Fans posted images on social media confirming that the censorship extended as far as blurring the names of the offending countries - Albania and Ireland - from the competition's leaderboard in the final scoring segment of the semi-final telecast.

The easiest way to vote for your favourite act in the Eurovision Song Contest this year is by downloading the app onto your smartphone or tablet.

Though no official date has been set, reports suggest the Eurovision Asia Song Contest could launch as early as October. Mango TV and China's TV and radio regulator did not reply to request for comment.

Ireland's O'Shaughnessy welcomed the decision, telling the BBC: 'I would like to welcome the decision by the EBU to do that because from the very start we have just said love is love.

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

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