The Executive Producer of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest, Paul Clarke has spoken about the progression of the contest since it was announced last year.

In an interview with ESC Insight, Paul Clarke who is also the Head of Delegation for Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest, spoke about plans for the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. When the contest was first announced in March of 2016 it had been hoped that the contest will be held in 2017, however a number of hurdles have had to be overcome since then.

Due to the hurdles Mr Clarke feels that it is not possible for a contest built around public broadcasters to work in the Asia-Pacific region. As a result he stated that they are looking at more Pan-Asian solutions, working towards a 21st century version of the Eurovision Song Contest. Regardless of the issues Mr Clarke added that ‘there’s an enormous will to make this happen’.

The following countries have either confirmed their participation or shown an interest in participating:

  • Australia (Confirmed)
  • China (Possible Steering Group Member)
  • Japan (Possible Steering Group Member)
  • South Korea (Possible Steering Group Member)

The contest which was announced in March 2016 is expected to see around 20 countries compete in the Asian spin-off of the 61-year-old 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 EBU has sold the rights to the contest in Asia, the Arab World and is looking at a US contest.

The contest is expected to go in direct competition with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union backed contest the “ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest”. The contest is being produced by Hunan Television alongside the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Details about the first contest have however not been revealed despite it being stated as being held for the first time in 2017.

Source: ESC Insight