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China has been banned from broadcasting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
The country won’t be hearing ‘Hello from Lisbon’ after the EBU, the organisers of the international singing competition, decided to ban the state’s Eurovision 2018 broadcaster following its censorship of LGBT elements during the first semi-final.
On Tuesday, May 8, China’s Mango TV blurred a rainbow flag that appeared during Switzerland’s performance and also decided to cut performances from Ireland and Albania.
MangoTV is owned by China's second most watched channel, state-run Hunan TV.
Ireland’s entry Ryan O’Shaughnessy performed Together, a song about a gay relationship, and his performance featured two male dancers enacting the story.