There’s a new event that will ease the painful process of waiting for the next ESC a little for Eurovision fans: The Asia-Pacific Song Contest “Our Sound”. The competition is a spin-off of the over 55 year-old Eurovision Song Contest and will take place in Mumbai, India this year. There will be a “Performance show” on November 24th where the 13 countries participating will present their songs and a “Winner show” on November 26th with the voting in Eurovision-style (12,10,8… points). In between these shows the public will have the chance to choose the first winner through SMS and Internet voting. See which countries participate and the first selected act from Cambodia:The voting format is slightly different tough: “The voting system addresses the strong patriot feelings in Asian countries by allowing two votes, one of which may be for their own country.” It will be interesting to see how this rule will play out. I guess we will hear 12 points go to … us about 13 times ;)
The countries participating are:
The host will speak in English and Fr.. ehrm Mandarin ;) and the show will be broadcast in 44 countries and over the Internet. National selections are expected to start in October.
Apparently Australia and New Zealand plan public selections. Information about the other countries is not known yet except:
Cambodia has already chosen its participant:
Phorn Nida will sing the first entry for Cambodia. She is 21 years old and was born in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. In 2007 she won a talent show and thus started a quite successful music career.
Here is one of her songs (not her entry!):
I’m looking forward to this. It’s almost sure to have more viewers than the Eurovision Song Contest ever had ;)
There are already rumors that Charice Pempengco the young girl with the powerful who already sang with Céline Dion might represent the Philippines
The question is who will be the Asian version of Lys Assia and will political and diaspora voting play a big role? I can see China doing really well…