Asiavision – Australian broadcaster, SBS, has signed an exclusive option with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the owners of the Eurovision Song Contest, to establish an Asian version of the famous Contest. It is expected to launch in 2017 and could include 20 countries.
Chairman for the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling said:
“We are excited by the fact that Eurovision’s appeal is crossing continental borders to Asian countries. SBS Australia has been broadcasting Eurovision for over 30 years, so we feel they are a perfect partner to build an alliance of networks with, and give Asian songwriters and artists the opportunity to perform on the Eurovision stage.“
The EBU previously tried the concept with The Asia-Pacific Song Contest in 2010 but it didn’t take off.
There is already the ABU TV Song Festival which is an annual non-competitive gala showcase of songs, based on the Eurovision Song Contest, and is organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).
Participating countries which have full or additional full ABU membership are invited to submit a songto be performed in front of a live audience. The television festival which is a non-competitive, musical gala presentation, is live recorded so that each of the national broadcasters may add subtitles in their native languages. This year’s contest will be held in Indonesia. Here’s last year’s entrants.
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