A long-rumoured Asian spin-off of the Eurovision Song Contest is rumoured for launch in 2019.
Producers of the camp European song contest have long fuelled hopes of a potential spin-off contest, which would invite entries from across Asia.
A report by Australia’s 9News on Tuesday suggests that the contest is set for a launch in December 2019, with the inaugural contest set to be held on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Gold Coast City Council quietly published documents to its website reflecting council preparations for the event.
Under the plan set out in the documents, artists from 16 countries from across the Asia-Pacific region would head to Australia take part in the show, which largely replicates the Eurovision format, culminating in a “three-hour live broadcast of the grand final.”
The event would be held “at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 30 November – 7 December 2019.”
The report states: “The inaugural Eurovision Asia Song Contest will be a close replica of the international Eurovision Song Contest. Involving high-profile artists from 16 Asia Pacific countries, the [event] will highlight song writing and performing talent to the region and the world.
“The event will draw on the Eurovision Song Contest’s established rules and codes of competition, showcasing exceptional production values and visual design.”
The report adds that “negotiations are underway with high-profile international performing artists from the Asia Pacific region regarding their interest and involvement in the inaugural event.”
Discussions are reportedly “progressing” with countries including China, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.
The document states that the confidential plan was discussed in a closed council session (not open to the public), but the report itself has been listed as “non-confidential” on the council website.
An official website for the Eurovision Asia Song Contest was launched in 2017, but plans were postponed after rumoured behind-the-scenes troubles getting countries to sign up.
The plan is yet to be confirmed by Eurovision producers, though the detailed council report even lays out a proposed schedule for the event.
The executive producer of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest, Paul Clark, told Eurovison fan outlet Wiwibloggs that there is “nothing to say at this stage” about the contest plans.
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