The Maldives will be competing in the ABU Song Contest 2019, as PSM makes an open call for participants for the contest.
PSM, the national broadcaster of the Maldives, has confirmed that they will be participating in the ABU Song Contest 2019. The Maldives are the sixth nation to confirm that they will be participating in the contest in Quingdao, China. PSM has previously participated in the ABU TV Song Festival, ABU Radio Song Festival and the ABU International Dance Festival.
PSM has made an open call for singers and groups to represent the Maldives at the ABU Song Contest. Interested singers can apply up until May 9th, after which point an audition round is expected to take place. The winner will represent the Maldives in the first edition of the ABU Song Contest.
PSM previously broadcast and produced Maldivian Idol. The Maldivian spin off of the Idol format, saw the winner of the first two seasons represent the Maldives at the ABU TV Song Festival.
To date the following nations are confirmed as taking part in the competition:
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.
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.