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Eurovision Asia Song Contest Odds

An Asian spin-off to the ever so popular Eurovision Song Contest is fans have been hoping for for a while, and there was confirmation last year that the event would finally take place.

And now, according to a report from 9 News, the Asian spin-off is set to be held in Australia’s Gold Coast, it was reported after finding documents published by the Gold Coast City Council.

The report says that this version would be held 7 December, unlike the Eurovision Song Contest, which is held in May, and will culminate with a three hour grand final.

Despite early assumptions that a broadcaster which is a full member of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union will be necessary for a country to have in order to take part, it has since been confirmed that all Asian countries will be able to take part in the contest, regardless of whether or not they have a public broadcaster. Several countries have provisionally confirmed their participation in the contest, which includes Indonesia, China, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore UAE, India, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and Vietnam, while information from most other countries regarding their participation has not yet been disclosed.

The documents published by the Gold Coast City Council also suggests that the competition will follow a format similar to the European version with 50% of the vote coming from voters calling in and the other 50% coming from a jury.

“Eurovision Asia is huge. It reaches over 200 million people.” said Tom Tate, the Gold Coast mayor.

A SBS (holds the license rights) spokesperson, said: “Eurovision Asia is still in development. We continue to have a number of discussions on bringing the event to life, however nothing is confirmed at this stage.

“We are thrilled to have recently announced Australia’s first Eurovision selection show to choose the song and artist that will represent Australia in May,  Eurovision – Australia Decides to be held on the Gold Coast in February.”

Michael Ebeid (the outgoing director of SBS), also downplayed the rumors by telling "TV Tonight" that one of his biggest “disappointments” was not getting to broadcast the competition.

Ebeid said: “It’s just proven too geo-politically difficult. We are still talking to a few of the countries but we have put all our energy into [another project].

“It’s more in our control and continent, whereas trying to get ten Asian countries to agree has proven really difficult.”


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