The ABU has confirmed to Eurovoix World that the host nation of the ABU Song Contest will not have to compete in the semi-finals of the competition.
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has confirmed to Eurovoix World, that the host nation of the ABU Song Contest will not be made to compete in the semi-finals of the contest. This means that it is not possible for a situation where the host broadcaster of the competition doesn’t make it through to the Grand Final of the contest.
The clarification means that China and the host broadcaster of this years will contest will be prequalified for the final. All of the other nations participating in the contest will have to compete in the semi-final stage of the contest.
The rules of the ABU Song Contest enabling the host nation to be prequalified for the final, brings the competition in line with the Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurovision Song Contest enables the host nation to be automatically qualified for the final, while an additional five nations also qualify for the final. These five nations are the largest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union which oversees the contest.
Just over 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:
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.