Asia: ABU TV Cup Song Contest To Be Held In 2017

First Contest In 2017
First Contest In 2017

The first competitive international song contest for a television audience in Asia since the 1990s will take place in 2017.

The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union confirmed that the ABU TV Cup Song Contest will be held for the first time at the beginning of 2017. The proposal was first revealed over the summer when it was revealed that Hunan Television of China had proposed the event to the ABU. The ABU confirmed that more discussions regarding how the contest will take place will take place during 2016.

The ABU currently holds both the ABU TV Song Festival and the ABU Radio Song Festival which have been held since 2012, both events are currently gala events and see on average 12-15 countries taking part in the events annually. This years ABU TV Song Festival in Istanbul, Turkey takes place on Wednesday and will see participants from countries such as Afghanistan, Indonesia and South Korea taking part.

International song contests in Asia have had a troubled recent past. The last time that a competitive international song contest was proposed was in 2009/2010 when “Our Sound: The Asia Pacific Song Contest” due to bring a total of 14 countries together for a two night competition, it eventually failed due to issues between the organisers and the EBU who had licensed the Asian production of a Eurovision Song Contest event. The last successful Asian TV Song Contest was last held in the 1991 when the final ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival took place in Malaysia, a total of 17 countries competed including Jordan, Pakistan and Brunei.

Based upon the current membership of the ABU in which a country has a television broadcaster that is either a full member of the broadcasting union, the following countries are eligible to participate:

  • Afghanistan
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Palestine
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

Source: ABU


19 replies on “ Asia: ABU TV Cup Song Contest To Be Held In 2017 ”
  1. WOW!!!. Great news. I hope that till now on, the interest in the ATSF will grow enormously.

    This is my list of countries and participants I would like to see when the competitive ABU TV Cup Song Contest turns into a reallity.

    Philippines: Kitchie Nadal – Bulong.
    Kazakhstan: Lashyn – Tugan jer.
    Indonesia: Gita Gutawa – Hingga akhir waktu.
    Turkey: Petek Dinçoz – Esi benzeri yok.
    Singapore: Tanya Chua – Ting ge.
    Kyrgyzstan: Nelya – Jok.
    Malaysia: Shila Amzah – Masih aku cinta.
    Mongolia: Nasaa – Insomnia.
    Uzbekistan: Dildora Olimjonova – Diliman.
    Vietnam: Đông Nhi – Bad boy.
    Azerbaijan: Aygün Kazımova – Sənə Xəstəyəm.
    Cambodia: Aok Sokunkanha – staybehdaung.
    Iran: Sirvan Khosravi – Inam Mizgare.
    Laos: Tot Lina – Nightmare.
    Afghanistan: Naghma – Gora tawan wa boke.
    Thailand: Knomjean & Waii – Tomorrow.
    South Korea: 2NE1 – Comoe back home.
    Myanmar: Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein – War.
    China: Jane Zhang feat Tiësto – Change your world.
    India: Shreya Ghoshal – Tujhme Rab Dikhta Hai.
    Bhutan: Sangay Wangchen & Karma Euden Norbu – High School.
    Japan: LiSA – Empty mermaid.
    Leebanon (ASBU) – Najwa Karam – Ma fi nom.
    Sri Lanka: Ashanthi – Hanthane.

    1. I prefer to see Mezarkabul from Türkiye and İkimono Gakari from Japan 😀
      Btw i am surprised you knew that many singers/bands all over Asia ))

      1. I’ve always been a fan of asian pop music. I have listened many artists accross the Asian continent and the arabic speaking world and I can say that Asia has surprised me musically. Even in the poorest asian coutries (for example, Laos) I have found songs that could be suitable for the ESC or other musical events. That’s why I love asian pop

  2. Very good news from asia. From now on, I think that we will see many national musical events turning into national finals for the ABU TV Cup Song Contest.

    Malaysia could use Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) as their national final for ATCSC. AJL It is the most famous muiscal event there, and some of the winners of that contest have already been in the ABU TV Song Festival. In fact, the malay eurofans call that event, the malaysian melodifestivalen.

    China could make a very interesting national final if Hunan TV and CCTV collaborated. CCTV broadcasts the new year’s gala (Which is the most viewed event in China), while Hunan TV has been the creator of Super Girls (Which has been one of the most successful talent shows in mainland China. This country may have a great potential to create a massively popular Chinese Melody Grand Prix (CMGP), as a national final for the ABU TV Cup Song Contest.

    What could be said about Japan, they have got the most booming music industry in Asia. They could use their traditional Kohaku Uta Gassen as a national final (But it’s unlikely since it’s also a new year’s song contest). I would like to see bands like Exile and performers like Ayumi Hamasaki in the ABU TV Cup Song Contest.

  3. We must not forget South Korea, nowadays, the power of their music industry may be even bigger than J-pop. Why not bands like Kara, Global Icon or Girls Generation?.

    KBS could use their traditional KBS Gayo Daechukje as a national final. That show is very popular and usually, the most popular K-pop singers take part. The winner is selected by a jury.

  4. HALLELUJAH! although i must say the name of the contest is completely horrendous. “tv”? “cup”? all that is missing is radio, carpet, sofa and popcorn…

    my prediction is for the first few years east asians will dominate the contest. the eurovision heavyweights aka the eurasian countries, turkey, russia, armenia and azerbaijan will dominate the top 10.

    oh i can’t wait!

    1. I agree with that prediction, but I think that everything depends on the musical quality of the entries. South Korea and Japan may have very strong music industries, but when it comes to single songs, every country in the world is able to produce wonderful songs.

      After listening to many songs of many asian countries, I came to the conclusion that every country could win the ABU TV Cup Song Contest.

      1. Maybe in the next months they will reveal the rules of the ABU TV Cup Song Contest. Till then, the ABUfans like me, will have to wait.

  5. It should already happen in the first place, like twenty to twenty-five years ago.

    However, somewhere in a world parallel to ours, Asiavision Song Contest is already celebrated yearly since 1960.

  6. I think a song contest in Asia is great! But I think its strange that countries like Turkey and Azerbaijan can participate in 2 contests?!?! And I think that the Oceanian and African countries should not participate, so Egypt go and make your own contest in africa and Countries like Australia and New Zealand should made its own Oceanian contest

  7. It would be cool to Asia-Pacific Song Contest coming true. My predition is that Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, India, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and New Zealand will participate. Maybe we hear even a sound of Niue, Russia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iran, Afghanistan, Mongolia and Tunesia too. It would be insane to see Niue participating because if they win, they could host and develope international relationships, tourism and recognizy by the people which could lead to full independence from New Zealand. I think its also posible to see a lot of National Selections upcoming as most of those countries have huge pop industries and many citizens. Way more than European Countries have. China, Australia, Japan, Phillipines and South Korea could held big national selections, just as big as Melodifestivalen. Or even bigger! Imagine PhilPop for Philippines, Nippon Melodi Grand Prix for Japan or Australia to Asia! for Australia. I also think China, Australia, Philippines, South Korea and Japan are the most likely to win. But who knows there’ll be a next Loreen or ABBA inside of this contest. And maybe they are even from one of the not listed countries.

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