ESC Turkey reports that TRT has confirmed that they will be participating in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest.
ESC Turkey reports that the European Broadcasting Union has confirmed that TRT will be participating in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. According to the site, the EBU commented that;
We heard that TRT has decided to participate in the Eurovision Asian Song Contest 2019.
The comments from the European Broadcasting Union come a day after the TRT General Manager İbrahim Eren was elected to the Executive Board of the EBU. With the election of the General Manager of TRT to the board it is hoped that the Turkish national broadcaster will become more actively involved in a number of EBU run Eurovision competitions including the Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU added that;
TRT has confirmed that it will not participate in the competition this year. However, in 2019, Ibrahim Eren said that he wanted to restart cooperation with EBU in all other sectors.
Based on the strengthening of cooperation, we hope to come back again to Eurovision the agenda of Turkey.
Turkey withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, after disagreements with some rules such as the Big Five. Their last entry to date was Can Bonomo with his Song “Love Me Back” in 2012, where it was hosted in neighbouring country Azerbaijan.
They haven’t returned since, and took it upon themselves to create their own take on the Song Contest with Turkvision, for predominantly Turkish speaking countries. Turkey has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul in 2004, after Sertab Erener’s win the previous year. Behind their win in 2003, maNga is the most successful Turkish entry, placing 2nd with 170 points in the final with their song “We Could Be The Same”.
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is reportedly set to host the inaugural Eurovision Asia Song Contest between November 30 to December 7, 2019. A total of 16 countries are reported to take part in the inaugural edition of the competition, with the final list to be revealed to the public in May 2019.
The following countries had previously confirmed their participation or shown an interest in participating:
- Australia (Confirmed)
- China (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Japan (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Kazakhstan (In negotiations regarding participation)
- Maldives (Interest in participating)
- New Zealand (Interest in participating)
- Papua New Guinea (Interest in participating)
- Solomon Islands (Interest in participating)
- South Korea (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Vanuatu (Interest in participating)
The Eurovision Asia Song 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 European Broadcasting Union has sold the rights to the contest in Asia, the Arab World and is looking at a US contest.
Source: ESC Turkey