Former Participants – John and Edward Grimes, better known as Jedward (Ireland 2011 & 2012) today tweeted that they were travelling to China… and word on the street is that it could be Eurovision related.
The Chinese broadcaster, Hunan Broadcasting System, has been present at the Eurovision Song Contest for the last 2 years and has broadcast the show in China, which of course is potentially a huge market. Hunan TV is China’s second-most-watched channel the state broadcaster CCTV-1.
Many Eurovision fans expected China to follow Australia and be invited to perform this year or next, but instead the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that Australian broadcaster, SBS, has signed an exclusive option with the EBU to establish an Asian version of the famous Contest. It is expected to launch in 2017 and could include 20 countries, including China.
Can we expect to see footage of Jedward reporting in China as part of this year’s interval in the Semi-finals or Final in Stockholm? Will they be promoting the new Asiavision event to the Chinese, and telling Eurovision fans about this new SBS show for 2017? Many Jedward fans will hope so, and the twosome’s love of Eurovision looks like they’ll continue to be involved with the show whenever they can.
As well as appearing for Ireland in 2011 and 2012, the Irish duo also appeared at Melodifestivalen’s Andra Chanson show in 2013, and made a quick appearance in semi-final 1 in Copenhagen 2014 as winners of the highest hair and biggest shoulder pads awards.
In 2012 Chinese Eurovision fans rated Jedward in their top 10 when voting amongst themselves. Follow them on Twitter @escfans_china