Asiavision: 12 Countries The Aim For The First Contest

Show planned for March 2017
Show planned for March 2017

In an interview with ESC Daily Paul Clarke has revealed more details about the plans for the first Asiavision Song Contest in 2017.

It has been revealed that the first contest is planned to be held in March of 2017 with a total of 12 countries for the first years contest. Mr Clarke said that semi finals would be introduced to the contest in future editions. Furthermore he hopes for the future that the contest would include nations all the way from Qatar and the UAE in the east to Tahiti in the west.

Mr Clarke said that:

It could be really diverse and really exciting and we hope one day that you’re watching it here.

The new details from Paul Clarke of SBS and Blink TV brings the potential number of competing countries in the contest up significantly to 68. The full list of eligible countries now is as follows:

  • Afghanistan
  • American Samoa
  • Armenia
  • Australia (Host nation for 2017)
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Oman
  • Palau
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste (East Timor)
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis & Fatunua
  • Yemen

Source: ESC Daily

9 replies on “ Asiavision: 12 Countries The Aim For The First Contest ”
    1. I don’t know if this is strictly independent from ABU Because recently both SBS (Australia) and KBS (South Korea) have been lobbying to get more participating countries in Asiavision. Apart from that Hunan TV (China) had previously agreed with the ABU the creation of the ABU TV Cup Song Contest, which will be supposedly competitive.

  1. Quite a lot of those nations in the Pacific aren’t independent countries, wouldn’t they need to be fully independent to take part (like how we haven’t seen Faroe Islands at the ESC)? I can’t imagine they will be prioritising any of the small island states for the first 12 though (as interesting as they’d be), it’ll be China, India, Australia, NZ, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines if I had to guess.

    1. Bhutan has got some good artists but in general the music industry in that country is ridiculously little. I don’t even know if the few Bhutanese singers are professional.
      Apart from that, Bhutan has got a lack of infrastructure in order to host international events like this.

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