Eurovision terminates broadcast contract after China LGBT censorship

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Ireland's ballad Together - which is about the end of a relationship and is performed by singer Ryan O'Shaughnessy - includes two male dancers, Alan McGrath and Kevin O'Dwyer.

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

Such censorship is perhaps unsurprising from a country which has a history of media censorship.

The official line is that Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), an Australian TV network, had broadcast the Contest for a number of years and the organisers EBU thought it might be nice to get them involved.

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Albania's performance was cut due to the singer Eugent Bushpepa's tattoos.

The EBU, in return, barred Mango TV from broadcasting Thursday's second semifinal and the final, which involves acts from 26 countries.

"A rainbow flag in the audience, which reflects the LGBT community, has been likewise been blurred from the air", that the Global Times stated.

And now that we've found out the running order for Saturday night, we're officially nearly at the Eurovision finals. In 2016, 204 million people around the world tuned into the contest, so it's no small event. "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".

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'It doesn't matter whether it's between two guys and two girls or a guy and a girl. "They haven't taken this lightly, and I think it's a move in the right direction, so I'm happy about it".

That in itself is perhaps the biggest of China's diplomatic blunders; while Eurovision fans famously embrace inclusion, they also revere few things as much as the competition's much-loved, if slightly antique, scoreboard.

Mango TV has not commented on the ban.

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