An exciting development has been announced this week regarding the future of Eurovision. Eurovision is breaking out of Europe and taking over the Asia-Pacific region as well with a new contest that will take place in 2018. The Contest is called Eurovision Asia and nations including India, Japan, China, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, South Korea and the Philippines are all eligible to compete.
Asiavision is something that has been in the pipeline for many years with many predicting the competition’s debut since 2015. While little is known yet about the Contest, we can expect that up to 20 nations will compete in its inaugural run. Therefore we can expect that there will only be a Final for the Contest rather than semi final rounds that we’ve grown accustomed to in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The nations that are currently members of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and therefore eligible to compete at Eurovision Asia are:
- East Timor
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Saudi Arabia
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
The voting system is expected to be based on the current system employed at Eurovision, with each nation allocating 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 to their top 10 songs.
As with Eurovision, we can expect political tensions being an issue for Eurovision Asia. Many nations in the region are embroiled in political disputes over territories and don’t recognise other nation’s existence. This could have an impact on which nations will compete in Eurovision Asia 2018, and who will favour who when it comes to awarding points. Take for instance China’s recognition of Hong Kong could impact if either nation will compete or be allowed to host the first edition of the contest.
Another issue that will arise is whether nations will be allowed to compete in both Eurovision and Eurovision Asia or whether they will be limited to exclusively competing in one or the other. Nations effected by this decision will include Australia, Azerbaijan and Turkey who are members of both broadcasting unions and therefore, in theory eligible to compete in both contests.
In terms of host nation and Contest dates, we expect these to be revealed at a later date, however favourites to host the first Contest are Australia, Singapore or Hong Kong. Check out the promotional video below. What do you make of the announcement, is Eurovision for Europe alone, or are you happy to see it spread to Asia?