The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting is expecting the broadcasters participating in the ABU Song Contest to hold televised selections for the contest.
The ABU has informed Eurovoix World that it expects the broadcasters participating in the ABU Song Contest to hold televised selection processes for the contest.
The Union explained that televised selection processes are to be held between March 20th, the deadline for broadcasters to take part an June 30th. June 30th is the deadline for singers and songs to be submitted to the ABU.
By holding televised selection processes for the ABU Song Contest, the contest itself is introduced to viewers before it takes place in October. This will then lead to higher viewing interest when the competition takes place in Qingdao, China.
Of the four nations who have confirmed their participation to date in the contest, only two have revealed details of their selections. RTB, the broadcaster in Brunei has opted not to hold a televised selection and instead select their participant internally. While VTV of Vietnam will select their singer for the Sao Mai contest.
One week remains for broadcasters to apply to participate in the ABU Song Contest 2019. The following countries and broadcasters have shown an interest in participating in the ABU Song Contest 2019:
- Brunei – Confirmed
- China – Host Nation
- Vanuatu – Confirmed
- Vietnam – Confirmed
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 exlcuding the host nation will be 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.