Eurovision Asia Song Contest

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Eurovision Asia Song Contest
GenreSong contest
Based on Eurovision Song Contest
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes0 contests
Production company(s)
Release
Original release7 December 2019;3 months' time (2019-12-07)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Official website
Production website

The Eurovision Asia Song Contest is a suggested Asia-Pacific counterpart of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Asia-Pacific part of the world in or near the Western Pacific Ocean; typically includes East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania

Asia-Pacific or Asia Pacific is the part of the world in or near the Western Pacific Ocean. The Asia-Pacific varies in area depending on which context, but it typically includes much of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

The Eurovision Song Contest, often simply called Eurovision, is an annual international song competition, with participants representing primarily European countries. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio, then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the winner. At least 50 countries are eligible to compete as of 2019, and since 2015, Australia has been allowed as a guest entrant.

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Background

In March 2016, it was announced that a deal had been signed between the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), which gave the channel the rights to create a version of the 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 to be held in Australia in 2017. [2]

European Broadcasting Union alliance of public service media entities

The European Broadcasting Union is an alliance of public service media organisations, established on 12 February 1950. The organisation is made up of 116 member organisations in 56 countries, and 34 associate members from a further 21 countries. It is best known for producing the Eurovision Song Contest. It also hosted debates between candidates for the European Commission presidency for the 2014 and 2019 parliamentary elections but is unrelated to the European Union itself.

The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is a hybrid-funded Australian public broadcasting radio, online and television network. About 80 per cent of funding for the SBS Corporation is derived from the Australian Government. SBS operates five TV channels and eight radio networks.

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 in 2017. [7] In July 2018, the EBU confirmed that the contest is still in early development process, and it would not take place that year. [8]

Singapore Republic in Southeast Asia

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23%. The nation is known for its transition from a developing to a developed country in a single generation under the leadership of its founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Hong Kong East Asian city

Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a special administrative region on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

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. [9]

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union association of broadcasting organisations

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), formed in 1964, is a non-profit, professional association of broadcasting organisations. It currently has over 280 members in 57 countries and regions, reaching a potential audience of about 3 billion people. The ABU's role is to help the development of broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region and to promote the collective interests of its members. The ABU covers an area stretching from Turkey in the west to Samoa in the east, and from Mongolia in the north to New Zealand in the south. Its secretariat is located in Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, its secretary-general, currently Dr Javad Mottaghi.

Format and concept

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

The following countries have expressed their provisional interest in participating in the contest: [5]

YearCountry making its debut entry
2019

Hosting

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.

ContestsCountryCityVenueYears
1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Gold Coast Gold Coast Convention Centre 2019

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