The Info List - Eurovision Asia Song Contest

The Eurovision Asia Song Contest (French: Concours Eurovision Asie de la chanson) will be the upcoming Asia-Pacific
counterpart of the Eurovision Song Contest, which has been in production for more than 60 years. This inaugural contest will consist of only one show, and is yet to be scheduled although is expected to take place sometime in 2018.


1 Background 2 Format and concept 3 Participation 4 Hosting 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Background[edit] In March 2016, it was announced that a deal had been signed between the European Broadcasting Union
European Broadcasting Union
(EBU) and the Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service
Special Broadcasting Service
(SBS), which gave the channel the rights to create a version of the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
for countries in Asia to be able to compete in a contest similar to the European version.[1] The rules and format for the new contest are in the development stages between SBS and their production partner Blink TV. The inaugural contest, which had yet to be given a name, was be held in Australia
in 2017.[2] Further information was later released in May 2016 regarding the eligibility for the contest, which could see up to sixty-eight countries compete in the contest.[3] In July 2016 it was announced that four countries had either confirmed or expressed their interest in the inaugural contest, which has been given a preliminary name of Eurovision Asia Song Contest, including then host nation Australia, China, Japan, and South Korea.[4] In May 2017, it was announced that three countries (Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia) had placed bids with the interest in hosting the inaugural contest which has been rescheduled to take place sometime in 2018 due to difficulties in organisation and political issues.[5] The competition was officially confirmed on 18 August 2017 by the EBU.[6] This is the latest event to be launched by the EBU since the Eurovision Choir of the Year
Eurovision Choir of the Year
in 2017.[7] Despite initial speculation, the contest will not be limited to Asia-Pacific
Broadcasting Union (ABU) members. Blink TV, the production team behind the show, has confirmed that it wants to involve countries from across the Asia-Pacific
region regardless of whether the country has a state-run channel with full membership of the ABU.[8] Format and concept[edit] After the idea had already been adopted in March 2016,[2] the competition was officially confirmed on 18 August 2017.[6] The format will closely resemble that of the Eurovision Song Contest. The only difference is that there should be only a live final, instead of including two semi-finals, with up to 20 countries taking part. Participation[edit] Further information: List of countries in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest The following countries have expressed their provisional interest in participating in the contest:[5]

Year Country making its debut entry


 Australia  China  Hong Kong  Japan  Kazakhstan  Maldives

 New Zealand  Papua New Guinea  Singapore  Solomon Islands  South Korea  Vanuatu  Malaysia

Hosting[edit] Most of the expense of the contest is covered by commercial sponsors and contributions from the other participating nations. The contest is considered to be a unique opportunity for promoting the host country as a tourist destination. The table below shows a list of cities and venues that have hosted the Eurovision Asia Song Contest, one or more times. Future venues are shown in italics.

Contests Country City Venue Years



See also[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest Junior Eurovision Song Contest


^ Granger, Anthony (21 March 2016). "Asia: SBS to create Eurovision Song Contest in Asia". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 March 2016.  ^ a b Jordan, Paul (21 March 2016). " Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
concept to be developed in Asia!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 19 August 2017.  ^ Granger, Anthony (7 May 2016). "Asiavision 12 countries the aim for the first contest". eurovoix-world.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 3 September 2016.  ^ Granger, Anthony (11 July 2016). "Eurovision Asia up to 20 countries can compete". eurovoix-world.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 3 September 2016.  ^ a b "Three cities interested in hosting Eurovision Asia". eurovoix-world.com. Eurovoix. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.  ^ a b Jordan, Paul (18 August 2017). "The Greatest Song Contest in the World is coming to Asia!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 19 August 2017.  ^ Trustram, Matthew. "Choir of the Year 2017". ebu.ch. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 6 September 2016.  ^ "Eurovision Asia: Full membership in the ABU is NOT required to participate in the song contest". wiwibloggs. 2017-08-28. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 

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