Paul Clarke the Head of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest has revealed that three cities are interested in hosting the first contest.

In an interview with ESC Insight, Mr Clarke who is the Head of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest, has revealed that three cities across Asia are interested in hosting the first contest. The Eurovision Asia Song Contest which is expected to take place for the first time in 2018, will be the Asian version of the 61 year-old Eurovision Song Contest.

The three cities that have expressed a serious interest in hosting are:

  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Sydney, Australia

According to Mr Clarke, the bid from Sydney not only has the support of local Government, but also Destination New South Wales. Sydney had been tipped as an early possible host city for the contest due to the involvement of the Australian broadcaster, SBS in the formation of the competition.

In addition to Sydney Australian, the Government in Singapore has already put forward $4 million to hosting the contest. Of note is that Singapore was one of a number of countries who were due to take part in the first edition of Our Sound – The Asia-Pacific Song Contest in 2010 before the contest failed to take place.

Hong Kong has also “made a play” towards hosting this years contest, however Mr Clarke did not comment on whether the local Government had put any funding towards the hosting of the competition.

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.

Source: ESC Insight