The International Professional Jury that will decide 50% of the result at the ABU Song Contest 2019 will be located in front of the stage.
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has revealed to Eurovoix World, that the International Professional Jury will be in the venue of the ABU Song Contest. The ABU explained that the jury will be visible to the viewers at the front of the stage. The judges will be scoring the participants on the spot as soon as the performances have ended.
The International Professional Jury will determine 50% of the result at the ABU Song Contest. The remainder of the result will be determined by Audience juries. In each of the participating nations, the broadcaster must organise a 100 member audience jury who will vote on the performances.
Broadcasters wishing to take part in the contest have until March 20 to submit their intention to participate to the ABU. After which point the ABU will announce the nations taking part in the contest.
The ABU Song Contest will be held for the first time later this year in Qingdao, China. The semi-final will be held on Thursday the 17 of October, with the final taking place on Saturday 19 of October. One broadcaster will be allowed to take part per country, if two broadcasters apply to take part from the same country, the ABU will use its discretion to select the eligible broadcaster.
Each broadcaster will be encouraged to hold a selection process to determine their participant for the contest. To compete in the contest singers must be;
- Age 16 and above
- May be a solo artist or a group
- Singers may be professional or amateur
- Singers must perform live at the contest
Each performer will be able to compete with just one song, the rules for competing songs are as follows;
- There are no rules on the genre or language that songs should be performed in
- Both original and popular songs are allowed to compete
- Songs that describe sensitive issues will not be allowed
- Songs cannot exceed three minutes in length
All of the nations taking part in the contest will have to compete in the Semi-Final. The qualifiers and the winner in the Grand Final will be selected in the same way.
There is no televote from the public in each of the competing nations. Instead broadcasters will have to organise their own ‘Audience jury’. This jury is formed of 100 people and will decide half of the vote at the contest.
The remainder of the vote will be determined by an International Professional Jury.