Eurovision Asia Song Contest 2018

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Eurovision Asia Song Contest 2018
Venue TBA
Number of entries 12 (to date)
Debuting countries  Australia
 Hong Kong
 New Zealand
 Papua New Guinea
 Solomon Islands
 South Korea
Voting system Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.

The Eurovision Asia Song Contest 2018 is expected to be the first edition of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. If things go to plan, the contest will be the Asia-Pacific counterpart of the Eurovision Song Contest, which has been in production for more than 60 years. The contest is expected to consist of only one show, but as of now, scheduling the contest remains uncertain.[1]

As of 22 September 2018, 12 Countries have confirmed participation in the inaugural contest.


In March 2016, it was announced that a deal had been signed between the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), which gave the channel the rights to create a version of the Eurovision Song Contest for countries in Asia to be able to compete in a contest similar to the European version.[2] The rules and format for the new contest are in the development stages between SBS and their production partner Blink TV. The inaugural contest, which had yet to be given a name, was to be held in Australia in 2017.[3][4]

Further information was later released in May 2016 regarding the eligibility for the contest, which could see up to sixty-eight countries compete in the contest.[5] In the same month, broadcasters from India, China and South Korea expressed interest in the event.[6] In July 2016 it was announced that four countries had either confirmed or expressed their interest in the inaugural contest, which has been given a preliminary name of Eurovision Asia Song Contest, including then host nation Australia, China, Japan, and South Korea.[7] In May 2017, it was announced that three countries (Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia) had placed bids with the interest in hosting the inaugural contest which has been rescheduled to take place sometime in 2018 due to difficulties in organisation and political issues.[8] The competition was officially confirmed on 18 August 2017 by the EBU.[9]

Despite initial speculation, the contest will not be limited to Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) members. Blink TV, the production team behind the show, has confirmed that it wants to involve countries from across the Asia-Pacific region regardless of whether the country has a state-run channel with full membership of the ABU.[10]


Besides Singapore, other countries signaled their interest in hosting the 2018 contest: Hong Kong and Australia.[8] Singapore has said it will spend $4 million to host the contest. The city of Sydney and New South Wales have both indicated that they will commit big funds. Hong Kong has also “made a play” towards hosting this contest.[11]

The host broadcaster's representatives will meet with the Eurovision Asia Song Contest Reference Group at the ABU headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. During the meeting, host broadcaster officials will attend a workshop covering several topics related to hosting the Eurovision Asia Song Contest and learn from the experiences of past host broadcasters of the Eurovision Song Contest. They also will have the opportunity to present their first plans for the 2018 contest, including multiple proposals for host cities and venues.[12]

Format and concept[edit]

After the idea had already been adopted in March 2016,[3] the competition was officially confirmed on 18 August 2017.[9] The format will closely resemble that of the Eurovision Song Contest. The only difference is that there will be only a live final, instead of including two semi-finals, with up to 20 countries taking part.

Provisional list of participating countries[edit]

The following countries/regions have expressed their provisional interest in participating in the contest:

Country Artist Song Language(s)
 Hong Kong[8]
 New Zealand[15]
 Papua New Guinea[16]
 Solomon Islands[17]
 South Korea[8]

Other countries[edit]

Despite early assumptions that a country must have a broadcaster which is a full member of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union to take part, it has since been confirmed that the contest is open to all Asian countries, regardless of whether or not they have a public broadcaster.[10] Several countries have provisionally confirmed their participation in the contest, while information from most other countries regarding their participation has not yet been disclosed.

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Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Gallagher, Robyn (14 July 2018). "Eurovision Asia: EBU confirms contest is "still early in the development process"". 
  2. ^ Granger, Anthony (21 March 2016). "Asia: SBS to create Eurovision Song Contest in Asia". Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Jordan, Paul (21 March 2016). "Eurovision Song Contest concept to be developed in Asia!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Jordan, Paul (21 March 2016). "Eurovision Song Contest concept to be developed in Asia!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (7 May 2016). "Asiavision 12 countries the aim for the first contest". Eurovoix. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Granger, Anthony (11 July 2016). "Eurovision Asia up to 20 countries can compete". Eurovoix. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Three cities interested in hosting Eurovision Asia". Eurovoix. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Jordan, Paul (18 August 2017). "The Greatest Song Contest in the World is coming to Asia!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Eurovision Asia: Full membership in the ABU is NOT required to participate in the song contest". wiwibloggs. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Eurovision Insight Podcast: Insight Asks Australian Head Of Delegation Paul Clarke". ESC Insight. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Kazakhstan: Khabar Agency Negotiating Eurovision Asia Song Contest Participation - Eurovoix World". Eurovoix World. 2018-01-12. Retrieved 2018-01-13. 
  14. ^ "Maldives: PSM Interested in Participating in Eurovision Asia - Eurovoix World". Eurovoix World. 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2018-01-05. 
  15. ^ Granger, Anthony (22 August 2017). "New Zealand: TVNZ looking at Eurovision Asia participation". Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "Papua New Guinea: National Broadcasting Corporation Show Interest in Eurovision Asia - Eurovoix World". Eurovoix World. 2017-12-28. Retrieved 2017-12-29. 
  17. ^ Granger, Anthony (23 August 2017). "Solomon Islands: SIBC Interested in Eurovision Asia". Eurovoix. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  18. ^ van Lith, Nick (26 August 2017). "Television Blong want Vanuatu to compete at Eurovision Asia". Retrieved 26 August 2017. 

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