New details regarding the format and organisation of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest have been revealed.
Following the reveal earlier this week that Gold Coast is in discussions regarding hosting the inaugural edition of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest, new details have been revealed in documents from the City of Gold Coast. In September the Event, Tourism and Governance department of the Gold Coast Council met, at which time details regarding both Eurovision Asia and Australia Decides were presented.
Organisation of the Contest
Blink TV and SBS hold the rights to the Eurovision Asia Song Contest between 2019 and 2031, meaning they are the only entities able to replicate the Eurovision format in Asia. The competition will be held over the course of 8 days and feature participants from a total of 16 competing countries.
As of September 2018, the draft timeline for preparations was as follows:
- October 2018 – Staggered announcements of partners, artists and sponsors
- November 2018 – Host city and venue announcement
- May 2019 – Announcement of all participating countries. Theme and artwork reveal, tickets on sale announcements
- June 2019 – Stage design revealed
- July 2019 – Show presenters announced
- September 2019 – Announcement of final list of competing artists and songs
- December 2019 – City branding, red carpet and official welcome party
Selection of Host City
Unlike the Eurovision Song Contest which allows the winner of the previous years contest first refusal on hosting the competition. Eurovision Asia will be rotating around predetermined host cities between 2019 and 2031. According to the proposal documents, Gold Coast would host the contest every four years for the next 12 years as part of a rotation.
As of September 2018, Blink TV’s proposal to Gold Coast regarding their potential hosting of the contest had reached as far as the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre being booked out to host the contest in December 2019.
Contest culminates in a 3 hour live broadcast that will be aired live in all of the competing countries. SBS has committed to broadcasting an additional ‘Reality TV’ show during the week of the contest. The 30 minute show would air each night and show the preparations and rehearsals from the competition.
The competition will be broadcast online via Eurovision Asia and the Eurovision Song Contest’s YouTube pages. Non-participating countries around the globe will also be able to air the contest.
Participating Countries and Artists
Discussions are currently underway with broadcasters in; China, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. Additional countries are also in discussions but not listed.
Of note is that discussions are also underway with artists about their specific participation in the competition. This diverges from the Eurovision Song Contest, where it is up each national broadcaster to find their participant and song.
The contest will feature 50% jury voting and 50% public televoting. This replicates the voting method that has been in place at the Eurovision Song Contest since 2016.
The Eurovision Asia Song Contest which was announced in March 2016 is expected to see 16 countries compete in the Asian spin-off of 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.
Source: City of Gold Coast