South Korea – For over 2 years news of the planning of an Asia-Pacific Song Contest have been spread by Eurovision newsites (including this one). The old project “Our Sound” by a private company was supposed to feature about 20 Asian countries and was planned for autumn last year. Our Sound never made it past the “project in the pipeline” phase and was cancelled. Now eurovision.tv reports that the Asian equivalent of the EBU, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) is planning to hold a “television song festival” similar to the Eurovision Song Contest.
The blueprint of the competition was unveiled last night at the General Assembly of the ABU in New Delhi. It is supposed to be launched at next year’s General Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. Kenny Kihyung Bae, a senior producer of the South Korean broadcaster KBS will be responsible for the project. Bae is a Eurovision fan and is planning to attend the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku in order to “watch and learn”. He also said that the winner in Baku might be invited to perform at the Asian event. The name for the show has not been found yet, but Bae thinks “Asiavision Song Contest” may be a possible designation.
The ABU is the biggest Broadcasting Union in the world and reaches over 3 billion people all over Asia. The ABU covers an area stretching from Turkeyin the west to Samoa in the east, and from Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south.
Let’s hope the dream of Asiavision becomes a reality this time!