Indonesia in the ABU TV Song Festival

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Member station Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI)
Participation summary
Appearances 5
First appearance 2012

The participation of Indonesia in the ABU TV Song Festival has occurred thrice since the inaugural ABU TV Song Festival and began in 2012. Since their début in 2012, the Indonesian entry has been organised by the national broadcaster Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI). Maria Calista, Putri and Shella and Tere Cia have all represented the nation at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 festivals respectively.



TVRI is one of the founder members in the ABU TV Song Festivals, having participated in the very first ABU TV Song Festival 2012.[1] Indonesia was the only country to hold a televised selection process for the first ABU TV Song Festival, the selection called "Goes To Korea: ABU Asia Pacific TV Song Festival 2012 Indonesian Final" was held with six singers competing to represent Indonesia in Seoul. The singers all performed covers of existing songs, the winner was selected by a jury.[2]

Artist Song Result
Maria Calista And I'm Telling You 1
Angeline Situmorang Stand Up For Love
Putri All By Myself
Jeremia Lumbantobing When A Man Loves A Women
Melita Meliala Foolish Games & Listen

In Seoul Maria Calista performed "Karena Ku Sanggup" which was written specifically for the ABU TV Song Festival 2012.


Indonesia once again participated in the ABU TV Song Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam. Indonesia opted for an internal selection putting Putri Saigain who had participated in the 2012 selection together with Shella Tiatira, they were announced along with their song "Mimpiku" on 5 July 2013.[3] At the festival they performed 4th before Vietnam and after Hong Kong.


On 26 June 2014 it was announced that Theresia Hutabarat also known as Tere Cia would represent Indonesia in Macau at the third ABU TV Song Festival.[4] The Indonesian entry "Dimana Hatimu" was revealed on 18 July 2014.[5] On 31 August 2015 Indonesia confirmed their intention to host the 2016 ABU TV Song Festival.[6]


Indonesia confirmed their participation in the 2015 Festival on 5 April 2015.[7] Ahead of the 2015 it was announced that the ABU had selected Indonesia to host the 2016 festival in Jakarta.[8] On 15 September 2015 it was announced that the singer Zahra Damariva would represent Indonesia at the event,[9] her song was announced on 12 September 2015 to be "Tak Kembali".[10]

ABU TV Song Festival 2015 bid[edit]

At a press conference held on 18 July 2013 it was announced that Indonesia were submitting a bid to host the ABU TV Song Festival 2015.[11] In recent editions, the TV Festival has been held in the host city of the ABU General Assembly, with Istanbul, Turkey playing host to such assembly in 2015. If the bid were to be successful it would be the first time that the TV Festival has taken place away from the host country of the General Assembly.[12] The 2014 TV Festival is scheduled to take place in Macau, China, in conjunction with the 52nd ABU General Assembly.[12] Indonesia were unsuccessful in their bid for the 2015 Festival with Istanbul, Turkey being announced as the venue for the 4th festival on 20 October 2014.[13]


Year Artist Language Title English translation
2012 Maria Calista Indonesian "Karena Ku Sanggup" Because I Can
2013 Putri and Shella[14] Indonesian "Mimpiku" My Dream
2014 Tere Cia Indonesian "Dimana Hatimu" Where's your heart?
2015 Zahra Damariva Indonesian "Tak Kembali" No Return
2016 Novita Dewi Indonesian "Terbang" Fly


Year Location Venue Presenters
2016 Bali Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center TBA


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  2. ^ Mikheev, Andy. esckaz Retrieved 1 July 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Indonesia: Putri & Shella To ATSF". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Indonesia: Theresia Hutabarat Has Been Selected For ATSF'14". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Indonesia: Tere Cia To Sing "Dimana Hatimu"". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Indonesia: Plans To Host ABU TV Song Festival 2016". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Indonesia: ABU TV Song Festival 2015 Participant Search Begins". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Indonesia: Will Host The ABU TV Song Festival 2016". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Granger, Anthoony. "Indonesia: Zahra Damariva To ABU TV Song Festival". Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Indonesia: Zahra Damariva To Perform "Tak Kembali"". Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Granger, Anthony (19 July 2013). "Indonesia bid for the 2015 ATSF". Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Mikheev, Andy (18 July 2013). "Indonesia bid for ABU TV Song Festival 2015". Retrieved 7 October 2013. At the conference it has been announced that Indonesia is bidding for organization of ABU TV Song Festival in 2015 with "low cost, high impact" motto, while 2014 event will take place in Macau, China. If successful, that will mean that in 2015 event will be separated from ABU General Assembly which will take place in Istanbul. 
  13. ^ Fidan, Mustafa. "Turkey to host ABU TV Song Festival in 2015". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "ABU TV Song Festival - Indonesia". Performer's profile. Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.