Eurovision pulls plug on China after censorship of LGBT act

Singer Ryan O'Shaughnessy holds up an Irish national flag in the first semifinal of the 63rd edition of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest at Lisbon Arena.

(CNN)Organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest, the riotously camp transcontinental music competition, have banned a Chinese TV station from broadcasting Saturday's final after it censored an LGBT-themed performance.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organizes the contest and distributes it to broadcasters around the world, said it had taken the action after Mango TV cut two acts in the first semifinal, broadcast on Tuesday.
China's Global Times, a state-owned tabloid, said on Friday that the two acts -- Ireland and Albania -- fell foul of Chinese censors because they featured an LGBT theme and tattoos.