China Is Banned From Airing Eurovision After Censoring Performance With Gay Theme

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The organizer of the Eurovision Song Contest barred a Chinese TV station from airing the contest's finale after China censored LGBT content in an earlier episode.

A statement from the EBU said, "This is not in line with the EBU's values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music", as quoted by CNN.

The official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel has hundreds of videos of this year's contestants so you can get to know them before they take to the stage on Saturday (be warned, it might actually put you off watching...).

Over the last ten years, it's safe to say that Ireland have definitely had some unforgettable acts.

"It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster and they will not be permitted to broadcast the second Semi-Final or the Grand Final".

For the right to reach the final of the competition, fought participants from 18 countries, including the representative of Ukraine Melovin.

Now that we have the runner order for the grand final and saw the full show for the first time this afternoon, bookies have even more trust in Eleni.

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

Irish singer Ryan O'Shaughnessy's performance, which was axed from the Chinese broadcast, made headlines as the first to feature a same-sex couple in Eurovision's 63-year history.

Questions to ask include: "when is the Eurovision Song Contest starting?", "what is the Eurovision theme this year?" and "who is the United Kingdom entry for Eurovision this year?"

Mango TV has not commented on the ban.

Speaking in Lisbon, O'Shaughnessy yesterday praised the decision to ban a Chinese network from broadcasting the rest of the contest.

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

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