Eurovoix World has learnt that multiple broadcasters in Thailand have shown an interest in participating in the ABU Song Contest 2019.
Eurovoix World understands that a number of broadcasters in Thailand have shown an interest in taking part in the first edition of the ABU Song Contest. According to the source, a number of broadcasters have made inquiries to the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union about the competition, but none have to date submitted a form to say that they wish to participate in the competition.
The following broadcasters in Thailand hold ABU membership:
- RU TV Thailand
- Television Pool of Thailand (Channel 3, 5 HD, 7 HD, MCOT, NBT, Thai PBS)
- Thai Public Broadcasting Service
Thailand participated in the ABU TV Song Festival from 2013 to 2014, before withdrawing from the event. The nation also took part in the ABU Radio Song Festival in from 2014 to 2016. They had been due to host the 2017 event but cancelled the event due to the death of the King of Thailand.
Currently the following countries and broadcasters have shown an interest in participating in the ABU Song Contest 2019:
Broadcasters have until March 20 to submit their intention to participate in the contest to the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.
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.