Eurovision Asia

For all the news about the first Eurovision Asia Song Contest, scheduled to take place in 2019.

Full ABU membership not required for Eurovision Asia participation

Full ABU membership not required for Eurovision Asia participation

Ever since the EBU decided to branch out and spread the Eurovision euphoria all across Asia-Pacific in an exciting new project – Eurovision Asia, the fans have been anxious to get answers to a few questions.  Speculations regarding the list of possible participants has been haunting the Eurovision fandom. Obvious guesses include Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines. But even microstates such as Vanuatu have expressed their interest in taking part – read more about that in our Xtra exclusive article here. Inclusive approach The Production company behind the Eurovision Asia Song Contest – Australia’s Blink TV stated that in addition to celebrating cultural differences the contest also wants to spread a message of inclusivity. Which means that countries whose broadcasters aren’t full-time members of the ABU can take part in the contest. In fact, this type of approach truly showcases the Eurovision slogans in action rather than branding words only. Because there isn’t anything better than celebrating diversity and building bridges than an honest and simple – join us approach. ⇒You can vote in our host country poll here⇐ Eurovision Asia The Eurovision Asia contest was announced on the 18th of August. The official statement didn’t include much …
Television Blong want Vanuatu to compete at Eurovision Asia

Television Blong want Vanuatu to compete at Eurovision Asia

Ever since the Eurovision Asia Song Contest was announced, expressions of interest have been rolling in. And that even when we still have no idea when or where the contest will actually take place! The next country expressing an interest to participate is a small one… Vanuatu! Television Blong Television Blong Vanuatu is the country’s first ever television station. The station is part of VBTC, the Vanuatu Broadcasting & Television Corporation. The channel was established back in 1983 and reaches about 80% of Vanuatu’s people on an average day. It broadcasts both in English and in French. Where is Vanuatu? We’re not in geography class, but we admit to giving Vanuatu a quick Google after they had confirmed their interest. And judging from the pictures: It is a great collection of islands. Approximately 285,000 people live in the island state, a little less than in Iceland. We tried to find out a little about Vanuatu’s music scene. It’s full of interesting stuff, such as string bands, reggae and urban music. Their biggest star is without a doubt Vanessa Quai, a ni-Vanuatu singer who combines pretty much everything, but mostly reggae and R&B.   Nine countries so far The Eurovision Asia …
POLL: Which country would you like to see as the first Eurovision Asia host?

POLL: Which country would you like to see as the first Eurovision Asia host?

Ever since the EBU announced the launch of the Asia-Pacific version of the Eurovision Song Contest (Eurovision Asia) the fans have had many questions regarding the contest.  On the 18th of August, the entire Eurovision community was in for a treat. The EBU delighted us with the information that their latest Eurovision project would be branching out into Asia. In addition to that, they stated that around 20 countries will compete to be the first ever winner of the Asia-Pacific version of the contest. Where Europe and Asia meet – Eurovision Asia Bringing the classic Eurovision format to Asia seems like a very interesting venture for the EBU. The established formula of gathering music combined with Asia’s rich cultural diversity will certainly leave the fans wanting more. Given these facts, there isn’t a better way to CELEBRATE DIVERSITY than learning more about foreign cultures through the art of music. ⇒You can learn more about the specifics of the contest here.⇐ Host Country POLL Rather than predicting the possible competing countries and the artists we want to see as representatives, we ask our readers a very simple question: Which country would you like to see as the first Eurovision Asia host? Australia …
SIBC announces interest in bringing the Solomon Islands to Eurovision Asia!

SIBC announces interest in bringing the Solomon Islands to Eurovision Asia!

The Eurovision Asia Song Contest officially launched less than a week ago. However, already multiple broadcasters across the Asia-Pacific region are showing interest in the format. According to Eurovoix World, the latest broadcaster to show interest is SIBC. SIBC is the national broadcaster of the Solomon Islands, a country formed by over 900 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Working with New Zealand to launch television broadcasting There is one key stumbling block to SIBC being ready to enter Eurovision Asia. Currently, the corporation only broadcasts via radio. It is expected that Eurovision Asia will require participating broadcasters to show the competition on television. Nevertheless, last year SIBC announced that they would work with a New Zealand-based television company in order to launch a television network across the Solomon Islands. The English-speaking country, with a population of approximately 650,000 people, currently receives much of its television broadcasting from the BBC via Telekom Television. Eight countries have expressed interest so far So far six countries have announced their interest in participating in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. China, Japan and South Korea showed interest when it was revealed they were being considered to be amongst a proposed Eurovision Asia steering group. Australia’s SBS is leading the …
New Zealand’s TVNZ interested in Eurovision Asia participation

New Zealand’s TVNZ interested in Eurovision Asia participation

Last week, after much speculation, the Eurovision Asia Song Contest was officially announced! Now, it’s time for the prospective participating broadcasters to register their interest in taking part. According to stuff.co.nz, TVNZ has stated that they are interesting taking part. Therefore, we could be seeing new Zealand participating in the first Eurovision Asia Song Contest. Discussions were underway prior to last week’s contest launch It is understood that TVNZ, alongside other New Zealander broadcasters, had already been discussing participating in the contest prior to the official launch of the contest last week. A TVNZ spokesperson explained that it was still “early days” as to whether her broadcaster will participate. In addition, she stated that “no details had been finalised between the station and the organisers”. Will New Zealand join the likes of Australia and China? According to stuff.co.nz, managing director at SBS Australia, Michael Ebeid, has teased that the first Eurovision Asia Song Contest would include entrants from China, India and South Korea, alongside Australia itself. The date of the first contest is yet to be confirmed. Although, it is suggested that it will take place sometime in 2018. Which of your favourite artists from New Zealand would you like to …
LIST: Ten acts we want to see at Eurovision Asia

LIST: Ten acts we want to see at Eurovision Asia

It’s only been a few days since EBU announced the introduction of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. The family is spreading to a new continent and that is reason to expand our musical horizons. In this article, we’ll introduce you to ten acts that would be perfect in the first ever Eurovision Asia! Japan Japan is one of Asia’s most prominent music markets. Their genre of J-Pop gets a lot of attention and has a lot of fans in the world. Japan have their task cut out, but could very easily demand a role as early favourites with these two acts… Momoiro Clover Z Intentionally ridiculous – that’s what Momoclo want to be. And they certainly manage to achieve that with their mix of bubblegum and J-pop. It might seem like a bit of a joke act, but it is highly enjoyable to see this group on stage. All girls have their own colour, so they’re easily recognisable. Their latest track My Cherry Pie is a good example of what they’re capable of. I’m not sure this would win it for Japan, but it would be a statement of light hearted fun being welcome at the contest. Koda Kumi Fourteen albums, …
EBU reveals Eurovision Asia Song Contest!

EBU reveals Eurovision Asia Song Contest!

Surprise! For many years there have been rumours and even some plans made for an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest. Now, completely out of the blue, the EBU have launched the official Eurovision Asia Song Contest website. The contest will take place soon! Little is known about the details of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest yet. Although the website says that: “The Eurovision Asia Song Contest will closely resemble the Eurovision Song Contest.” Each country will showcase their songwriting and performing talent to Asia and the world to win the first ever Eurovision Asia Song Contest! The EBU are yet to announce the host of the contest, and actually, they also have not announced the year of the contest. This means that we might not see the Eurovision Asia Song Contest until 2018. Who will take part? The EBU are yet to confirm who will take part in the contest, but they have stated that up to 20 countries will compete in one live final every year. Hopefully, as the contest develops, more and more countries will show interest and the contest will develop! It’s worth nothing that the first Eurovision Song Contest only had 7 countries taking …
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