Ukraine makes it to Eurovision 2018 Grande Final

A general view of Sao Joao Castle and downtown Lisbon. – AFP

The singing competition blocked China's Mango TV from airing the second semi-final after it did not air Ireland's performance.

Irish singer Ryan O'Shaughnessy's song, which featured a romantic dance number with two men, was heavily censored.

Beijing has reportedly censored LGBT references in the worldwide singing contest, with reports the nation is blurring rainbow flags and censoring tattoos.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced it terminated its contract with after "two performances were censored".

In respons, the EBU barred Mango TV from broadcasting Thursday's second semifinal and the ultimate, which includes acts from 26 countries and is the season being held in Lisbon, Portugal.

Guidelines released in China in 2016 characterized homosexuality as an "abnormal sexual behavior" which is unfit for Chinese television.

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The broadcasters additionally censored the performance from Albania, reportedly due to its contestant's visible tattoos.

Fans posted images on social media confirming that the censorship extended as far as blurring the names of the offending countries - Albania and Ireland - from the competition's leaderboard in the final scoring segment of the semi-final telecast.

"I would like to welcome the decision by the EBU to do that because from the very start we have just said love is love", said O'Shaughnessy.

'It doesn't matter whether it's between two guys and two girls or a guy and a girl. "They haven't taken this lightly, and I think it's a move in the right direction, so I'm happy about it".

The Eurovision Song Contest final will air Saturday on Logo in the US with RuPaul's Drag Race judge Ross Mathews as co-host alongside Drag Race contestant Shangela, as well as on a slew of networks around the world including the BBC.

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