Eurovision will not allow China to show contest after gay censorship

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has terminated its contract with Chinese broadcaster Mango TV, after it refused to broadcast Ireland’s entry during Tuesday’s live Semi-Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The song Together, performed by Ryan O’Shaughnessy, featured a pair of male dancers together as a loving gay couple.

Chinese TV forbids any depiction of same-sex relationships.

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

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

“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.”

The Chinese broadcaster also pulled the Albanian entry, possibly because its entrant Eugent Bushpepa has tattoos, which are also banned on Chinese TV.

It also blurred rainbow flags which were being waved by members of the audience.

Both Ireland and Albania have made it to the Grand Finale of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon which will air on Saturday 12 May.