The ABU has confirmed that Turkish broadcasters have shown an interest in participating in the ABU Song Contest 2019.
Speaking to ESC Turkey, Koichi Okumara the Head of Programming at the ABU has confirmed that Turkish broadcasters are interested in participating in the first edition of the ABU Song Contest. He informed ESC Turkey that;
Some broadcasters in Turkey showed interest to participate in the competition and we have received some questions about the competition. They expect the official entry form.
Currently there are only two members of the ABU from Turkey. The Turkish national broadcaster TRT is a full member, while RATEM is an associate member of the ABU. TRT is the only broadcaster in Turkey that is eligible to participate in the ABU Song Contest according the rules of the contest.
Turkey has previously participated in and hosted the ABU TV Song Festival. Turkey returned to the ABU TV Song Festival in 2018 having last participated in the show in 2015 when it was held in Istanbul. This was the third time that a Turkish act has participated in the ABU TV Song Festival.
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: ESC Turkey