Eurovision in LGBT censorship soup

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In response to TV stills of censored rainbow flags, some users of Chinese network Weibo called for people to boycott Mango TV, which broadcast the first semi-final of Eurovision earlier this week.

MangoTV is owned by China's second most watched channel, state-run Hunan TV, prompting one social media commenter to say "the problem isn't with the channel, it's a reflection of the state's control of speech".

Both Albania and Ireland were successful in reaching Sunday's grand final, meaning that both songs would again be performed in the telecast, risking a repeat of the censorship of the semi-final. 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.

The Skerries native's performance featured two male dancers who told the tale of a relationship coming to an end.

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

As you might have heard, the annual Eurovision Song Contest is now underway with the final taking place on 12th May.

And, after what basically felt like forever, Ireland's Ryan O'Shaughnessy was called as the tenth finalist of the night - the first time they have qualified since 2013.

"From the very start we've just said, "love is love, doesn't matter if it's between two guys, two girls, or a guy and a girl", O'Shaughnessy said.

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

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.

'They haven't taken this lightly and I think it's a move in the right direction so I'm happy about it'.

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