Eurovision Asia is a step closer with the European Broadcasting Union launching an official website and campaign, EurovisionAsia.tv.
“Countries from the Asia-Pacific region will be able to compete in their own version of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time,” it declares.
“Each country will showcase their songwriting and performing talent to Asia and the world and compete to be crowned the winner of the first ever Eurovision Asia Song Contest.”
SBS was granted a license for the event in March 2016 with longtime production partners, BlinkTV. Plans for a 2017 event have been pushed back to 2018 as negotiations continue with various territories.
In May producer Paul Clarke said Sydney was a possible host city with the City of Sydney & Destination NSW both keen to support an event. But Singapore and Hong Kong are also throwing millions at their chance to host, and China’s involvement is said to be crucial to its success.
Dami Im and Guy Sebastian have both indicated their interest to perform and support the event, according to Clarke, but the event may not necessarily be staged on the same scale or format as Eurovision.
“We’re looking to do a Pan-Asian, 21st Century version. Whether it’s done via SVOD or via a number of big broadcasters, with an Amazon or a Hulu or a Weibo, ” he recently told ESCInsight, “it’s just looking for the right way and the right partners to do it.”
Meanwhile the new site is trying to generate enthusiasm amongst its traditional and new fans.
“We want you to tell us about your favourite Asian music, your favourite singers, songwriters, and who you would love to see perform on the stage of Eurovision Asia,” it says.
“It will only succeed with the support of Asian pop lovers like you. Who should compete? Who will win? We would love to know what the fans want…”
Updated: An SBS spokesperson said: “SBS and Blink TV are continuing to explore and develop the exciting opportunity to bring a world class event like Eurovision closer to our shores. The Eurovision Asia website is the next phase in that development. As discussions continue with potential partners across the Asia region, we are now engaging with both the passionate Eurovision and Asian pop fan communities for their input in shaping this event.”