Myanmar Radio and Television, the national broadcaster of Myanmar has informed Eurovoix World it will not be competing in the ABU Song Contest 2019.
Myanmar Radio and Television will not be among the broadcasters taking part in the first edition of the ABU Song Contest. The nation which has three ABU member is unlikely to be among the line up of nations competing later this year in Qingdao, China.
The broadcaster confirmed to Eurovoix World that they will not be competing in the 2019 edition of the contest. According to MRTV the broadcaster currently does not have the available budget to compete in the contest. This lack of budget is due to other large events planned for the broadcaster this year.
Myanmar has never competed in the ABU’s Television festivals or contests before, but has taken part in the ABU Radio Song Festiva.. Myanmar participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival in both 2015 and 2016, the 2015 event was hosted by Myanmar.
The following countries and broadcasters have also 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 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.
Source: Myanmar Radio and Television