Think Eurovision couldn’t get any some-more colourful? Try adding K-pop and Bollywood to a mix.
After 3 decades’ value of Eurovision broadcasts around Australia, Australian network SBS announced on Monday it has sealed an disdainful choice with a European Broadcasting Union to rise a chronicle of a foe for a Asia Pacific region: Eurovision Asia.
SBS pronounced Eurovision Asia would pierce together adult to 20 competing countries in a Asia Pacific region, with an initial eventuality hosted by Australia in 2017, before relocating to other competitors.
Blink TV, that has constructed SBS’s Eurovision broadcasts given 2009, pronounced Eurovision Asia could strech a intensity assembly of some-more than a billion, compared with a 200 million viewers Eurovision claims to strech any year.
With a foe usually in a optioning theatre of a development, SBS were not means to endorse that countries would be participating, or either Australia would pierce to Eurovision Asia after winning a “wildcard” entrance to competition in Eurovision for a initial time in 2015. That year’s grand final, that saw Australia’s aspirant Guy Sebastian rank fifth, was watched by 592,000 domestic viewers, adult on 476,000 from a 2014 competition, during that Australia’s Jessica Mauboy performed.
X Factor leader Dami Im, a Korean-Australian singer, is set to paint Australia during a 2016 Eurovision strain contest. She expelled her competing song, Sound of Silence, progressing this month.
China promote Eurovision for a initial time in 2015. A orator for Hunan Television, Ying Lei, pronounced China would be meddlesome in removing a possess wildcard entrance in a European event. “That’s a doubt we ask,” she said. “Whether we can follow [Australia] in China, during slightest have a special performer on a theatre and afterwards join a large family and join a show.”
Sietse Bakker, Eurovision’s eventuality supervisor, confirmed in May 2015 that there had been “increasing interest” from China.
“If that seductiveness grows, who knows?” he said. “In a integrate of years we would have a universe strain contest.”
But in Jun a European Broadcasting Union tweeted that there were “no skeleton for China to take partial right now”.