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China Barred From Airing Eurovision Finale After Censoring LGBT Content

12 May 2018

The team, who analysed data collected around the time of the Eurovision Song Contest (May and June) between 2009-2015, found that people reported being more satisfied with their life if their country had done well in the Eurovision Song Contest that year.

It is also unclear how the ban affects the planned Eurovision Asia Song Contest in which China is expected to participate. The event aims to be a fun pop contest and is so successful that it's even broadcast to Australia and China.

There is also a "mother trophy" with a generic Eurovision Song Contest logo, which finds its home in the reception area of the European Broadcasting Union's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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'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 broadcaster blacked-out the performance of Ireland and Albania, which Global Times, Chinese state tabloid, stated contained tattoos an "LGBT elements".

The performance by Ireland's Ryan O'Shaughnessy featured two male dancers enacting a gay love story, while Albanian singer Eugent Bushpepa is heavily tattooed.

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It became known that the representative of Ukraine MELOVIN will open the Grand final. This section of the competition did not feature in the broadcast in China.

O'Shaughnessy (25), from Skerries in Co Dublin, said he welcomed the EBU's decision "because from the very start we have just said love is love". "It doesn't matter whether it's between two guys and two girls or a guy and a girl".

The final of the 63rd edition of the annual contest will see 26 acts perform in Portugal at Lisbon's Altice Arena.

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China Barred From Airing Eurovision Finale After Censoring LGBT Content