Eurovision Asia

For all the news about the first Eurovision Asia Song Contest, scheduled to take place in 2018.

Eurovision Asia on hold? Organisers and EBU “still early in the development process”

Almost one year ago, the EBU revealed the exciting news that the Eurovision Song Contest was coming to Asia! Yes, on August 18th, 2017, the Eurovision Asia Song Contest was born. In January, the Ministry of Information and Communications in Kazakhstan suggested that the first contest was due to take place in October 2018. However, with October now just three months away, we’ve contacted the EBU for an update on the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. Official statement from Eurovision Asia Earlier this week, ESCXTRA.com contacted the EBU for an update on the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. The EBU passed our message on to the Eurovision Asia organising team who provided us with a statement. We thank them for their swift reply to our query. The official statement is as follows: Work on bringing the Eurovision Song Contest to Asia is still ongoing and EBU are working closely with the organisers to help them bring it to fruition. It’s still early in the development process but once the team are at the point they are able to talk about timings we will be sure to make an announcement. “Early in the development process” Indeed, the statement tells us that the first edition of …

Eurovision Asia Song Contest to take place in October 2018?

It’s been a busy news day in Kazakhstan. Firstly, the Kazakh Ministry of Information and Communications revealed that national broadcaster, Khabar Agency, is in negotiations with the organisers of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest to take part in the first edition of the competition. Now, the Ministry has also revealed that the contest is scheduled to take place in October 2018! Five months since the official launch The official launch of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest took place in August 2017. However, no dates were mentioned in regards to when to expect the first edition to be staged. According to Eurovoix, Paul Clarke, the Executive Producer of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest, stated in May 2017 that organisers hoped the first edition would take place in 2018. With the official launch then taking place later that summer, plans for a 2018 Eurovision Asia Song Contest seemed to be in full gear. Nevertheless, details in the following months have been scarce, presumably as organisers focus their attention on securing a healthy number of interested broadcasters. October: an ideal choice? For committed Eurovision fans, an October date for Eurovision Asia could be seen as ideal. In this instance, the majority of national …

Kazakhstan pursuing Eurovision Asia participation after EBU blocks Eurovision chances

It has been revealed that Kazakhstan is pursuing participation in the first Eurovision Asia Song Contest scheduled to take place later this year. EBU associate member Khabar Agency is currently in negotiations with Eurovision Asia organisers. The Ministry of Information and Communications in Kazakhstan has confirmed this to local media. A growing fanbase Being one of Kazakhstan’s largest television broadcasters, Khabar Agency joined the EBU as an associate member in January 2016. Nevertheless, the Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast in Kazakhstan for several years now. EBU blocks rumours of Kazakh Eurovision participation Indeed, Kazakh broadcasters including Khabar Agency have shown interest in participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. However, following a comment by Channel 31 in December that they had intentions of participating in future Eurovision Song Contests, the EBU clarified that this would not be possible with the following statement to esctoday.com: Channel 31 Kazakhstan has indeed expressed interest in becoming a Member of the EBU and hence participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. However, since Channel 31 is outside the European Broadcasting Area and is also not a member of the Council of Europe, it is not eligible to become an active Member of the EBU. Changing focus to …

Papua New Guinea’s NBC declares interest in Eurovision Asia

The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) of Papua New Guinea has declared their interest in participating in the inaugural Eurovision Asia Song Contest, scheduled to take place sometime next year. This news comes courtesy of Eurovoix who revealed the news earlier today. A 35-year-history Papua New Guinea officially became an independent nation in 1975. The country’s mainland is located on the island of New Guinea that is shared with Western New Guinea, an area that is part of Indonesia. Prior to independence, the country was administered by Australia. As a result, Papua New Guinea became part of the Commonwealth of Nations in their own right following their independence. It was Australian state broadcaster ABC that set up Papua New Guinea’s NBC radio network in 1973, two years before independence. Papua New Guinea’s state broadcaster later launched its television network in 2008. Ten participants so far? So far, ten nations have expressed interest in participating in the 2018 Eurovision Asia Song Contest. Founder of the contest Australia Possible steering group members China Japan South Korea Expressed interest in hosting Hong Kong Singapore Expressed interest in participation New Zealand Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands Vanuatu Would you like to see Papua New Guinea take …

Musicians in the Maldives already showing interest in Eurovision Asia

The Maldives is a tiny island nation located in the Indian Ocean. It is Asia’s smallest nation, both by size and land area. As a result, it seems that popular recording artists in the Maldives are seeing the upcoming first Eurovision Asia Song Contest as the ultimate platform for their music. Indeed, our friends at Eurovoix World have confirmed that they understand this to be the case. Artists await further news At the moment, popular artists across the Maldives are awaiting further information about the brand new Eurovision Asia Song Contest. They will depend on one of the country’s broadcasters to sign up to participate in the competition. Television Maldives (TVM) is the official state broadcaster of the Maldives. Their headquarters are located in the capital city of Malé. The Maldives has a history in international song festivals Indeed, TVM currently participates in the ABU TV Song Festival. This is a music festival that has been compared to the Eurovision Song Contest due to its format involving performances from a variety of countries. A private Maldivian broadcaster, VTV, has also participated in the same festival. Therefore, it’s certainly within the realms of possibility that one of these broadcasters could bring Maldives to …

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

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?

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!

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

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 …