Today in Delhi at the Asian Broadcasting Union General Assembly 2011, the ABU the outline of an ABU-run ‘television song festival’ based on the talent-contest style of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Kenny Kihyung Bae, a senior producer at the International Relations Department of Korean EBU Associate Member KBS, will project manage the show and bring it to fruition. He said the future event did not yet have a name, although organisers had not ruled out the ‘Asiavision Song Contest’. Mr Bae, a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, said he planned to come to Baku in 2012 to watch and learn, and that the eventual winner in Azerbaijan could be invited as a guest to the Asian event.
Asia has tried before to launch a continental talent contest decided by public vote, and it is hoped this time the dream can be made reality for the three billion viewers reached by the ABU’s membership. The Asia Pacific Song Contest was due to take place in 2009 till it was delayed to 2010 and then vanished off the radar leaving fans annoyed and countries mid way through selections.
Countries eligible to take part are:
Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Phillippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Vietnam