Paul Clarke, of Blink TV and Head of Delegation for Australia at Eurovision, has confirmed that the Eurovision Asia Song Contest is still in the works.
Mr Clarke has confirmed that there are a number of potential investors in Asia who are interested in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest, however that things haven’t progressed as quickly as hoped. Speaking to Wiwibloggs, Mr Clarke explained that he may have spoken to soon regarding the contest.
In the autumn of 2018, it was reported in the Australian press that the Gold Coast was in discussions regarding hosting the competition. The contest was provisionally scheduled for between November 30 to December 7, 2019. A total of 16 countries are reported to take part in the inaugural edition of the competition.
9News report added that discussions were underway with broadcasters from; China, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UAE. The following countries had previously confirmed their participation or shown an interest in participating:
- Australia (Confirmed)
- China (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Japan (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Kazakhstan (In negotiations regarding participation)
- Maldives (Interest in participating)
- New Zealand (Interest in participating)
- Papua New Guinea (Interest in participating)
- Solomon Islands (Interest in participating)
- South Korea (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Vanuatu (Interest in participating)
The Eurovision Asia Song Contest which was announced in March 2016 is expected to see around 20 countries compete in the Asian spin-off of the 61-year-old Eurovision Song Contest which is held annually in Europe. The contest would be the first time that a Eurovision spin-off has been successfully held outside of Europe. Previously the European Broadcasting Union has sold the rights to the contest in Asia, the Arab World and is looking at a US contest.