In a series looking a the spin-off shows basedÂ on the Eurovision Song Contest, we take you around the world looking at the events that never made it to television screens. The fourth and finalÂ edition of theÂ series looks at a planned Eurovision contest for the Asia-Pacific region.
Asia will finally be getting their own version of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017 with the first edition of “Eurovision Asia”/”Asiavision”. It was announced on March 21, 2016 that SBS the Australian broadcaster had secured the rights to produce a Eurovision Song Contest for the Asia-Pacific region. At its launch it was announced that the contest would be held in Australia during 2017 and would be open to around 20 countries.
What we know so far:
During Eurovision 2016 it was announced that 12 countries would be invited to participate in the first edition of the contest. After originally stating that the contest would only be open to countries from India to theÂ the Pacific island nations, it has now been stated countries from the Middle East through to the Pacific islands would be eligible to compete.Â A full list of eligible nationsÂ can be found here.
The contest is scheduled to take place in March of 2017, with work currently underway to create a Reference Group for the contest. TheÂ Reference Group would decide on the rules and the format of the contest, with specific focus being placed on broadcasters from China, Japan, South Korea and India.
Who is likely to participate?
At the moment the following countries look likely to be participating in the first contest in 2017:
- Australia – The host nation of the contest
- China – Hunan Television has been working on a similar concept for the ABU and is a key country for the reference group.
- Hong Kong – Lobbied by SBS at an ABU meeting.
- India – Stated as a country that may be a reference group member.
- Indonesia – Lobbied by SBS at an ABU meeting.
- Japan – Stated as a country that may be a reference group member.
- Mongolia – Lobbied by SBS at an ABU meeting.
- Sri Lanka – Lobbied by SBS at an ABU meeting.
- South Korea – Stated the importance of such an event taking place, is stated as a reference group country.
How to keep up to date with the contest?
Eurovoix-World.com has been the website that covers the contest in the most details so far, you can keep up to date with all the “Asiavision” news here.