Good evening, Asia! Now that the ball is rolling on Eurovision Asia 2018, Eurovision fans the world over are speculating over which countries we are likely to see on stage at the inaugural contest next year. This is an exciting time for us fans, not only because we have another Eurovision event to geek out over, analyse and complain about, but because organisers want the fandom’s help. The team behind the new contest are asking for your opinions and thoughts on the contest. So let’s get the ball rolling by finding out which countries you’d most like to see competing at Eurovision Asia 2018.

As we reported yesterday, participating countries do not have to be full members of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. That opens the door for organisers to engage with a variety of broadcasters — both commercial and governmental — in areas from the United Arab Emirates to Tahiti.

Thinking wide and dreaming big, we’re including the nearly 70 countries within the Asia-Pacific region, 45 of which are members of the ABU, in our poll below. The contest is bound to grow in the years ahead and you never know what could happen in the future. Hong Kong, Samoa, North Korea — we’re laying it all out there.

Over the past few days we’ve bought you a small amount of musical delicacies from the likes of India, Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Vietnam and South Korea and there’s so much more amongst the entirety of the Asia-Pacific region. Get listening. Get inspired. And get ready for Eurovision Asia 2018!

You can vote for as many countries as you like, but you can only vote once so make sure you make all your selections before hitting submit. Just click the box next to each country that titillates you.

And please note: We are including non-country entities as well. Hong Kong and Macau, for instance, already have broadcasters that are affiliated with the ABU, which suggests they could, in fact, compete as entities of their own.

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Yellow
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A Franco-Srilankan here. Since France never wins I wouldn’t be bothered to see Sri Lanka participating ^^

Obama
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I love Viet Nam

Sky
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I choose Son Tung M-TP from Vietnam

Sky
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I choose Son Tung M-TP from Vietnam

Anh Trinh
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I choose son tung mtp from viet nam

Sky
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I choose Son Tung M-TP from Vietnam

Hakob
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I voted for all the countries except Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia, Israel and Turkey. They should continue partivipating in the ESC and decline the participation of EASC. Thery are strong countries enough and I love to see them every year in the Eurovision contest. I think these countrie even not belong to Asia. They are Caucasian countries (Russia is both in the Europe and Asia) and are situated in the middle of Europe and Asia. So please… NO Evrovision Asia for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia, and Turkey…..

Tobias Andersen
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Totally agree. I voted similar way (except I ruled out some countries I do not think fit like Saudi Arabia). We want the event to be freely spririted and crazy like the original.

Vanuatu
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There is no option for: “All”?

Nguyet Hu?nh
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Oh well…..I’m Vietnamese and I’m really really surprised at how many votes Vietnam has ?????

Melissa J
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Give me all the tiny Pacific island nations and autonomous regions, I want them all.

pammy
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i want islamvison song contest 2018 too

fastfoodmusiclover
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malaysian here. not really bothered if malaysia makes a debut in the first eurovision asia. but i do wanna see japan, south korea and china competes.

i read the wikipedia page the other day and almost half of the provisional participants are oceanic nations. i see what you did there, australia… 😛

Hajiru30
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I hope Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand will be participating. I hope all of these countries do well. I’d love to see what they have to offer.

Hajiru30
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>____<;;;;; So I just forgot an important singer for Australia that could also participate, Delta Goodrem. I'm so sorry Delta fans. I am ashamed. I got into much of a hurry when writing my post that I somehow forgot her. Sorry about that. ^^;;;;

Hajiru30
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….so I just realized I forgot another Korean singer that could probably participate for South Korea. Ailee would also be a good choice. Whoops…um…sorry Ailee fans. >_<;

Hajiru30
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For South Korea, I want to add Yoon Do-hyun as another singer that could represent South Korea.

euroboy
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9Muses have a amazing and international style music catalogue so i think they are one great option, and Blackpink, Kard or Hyuna, they can may a big and good impact on this competition! i really dream for 9Muses, but any S/K acts are good! i think! …

Briekimchi
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Obviously a competition works better with more participants so as many as possible?
Which countries would I be looking forward to? For music quality, definitely Thailand. For interesting music, maybe some of the ethnic stylings of the former USSR countries.

La Diva
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I don’t know why people think it’s an issue if China & Taiwan joins. They do compete against each other in sports competitions, even some beauty pageants. Taiwan just competes by the name of Chinese Taipei. They even sent their delegation to Beijing during the Olympics there. Same with Hong Kong, they just compete as Hong Kong, China. Some people really need to read up on world events more

Ljdbnn cule's
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Son Tung M-TP
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Evan
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Is that a new country!! I can’t believe they made a new country and the news channels forgot to cover this news!!

ThaoPham
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No no, Son Tung M-TP is single of VietNam.

Ryan
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He is a famous singer-songwriter in Viet Nam

Polegend Godgarina
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Why so few votes for Bahrain when it’s the only progressive and free country in the Arab peninsula?

Mattias Sollerman
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LMFAO “progressive and free”… But assuming for a second you are serious, I can try to answer that question for you: 1. Your first premise, that people primarily (should) pick what countries they want in a music competition like Eurovision (Asia) based on political climate or human rights, is wrong. We don’t penalize Poland for its recent anti-democratic reforms, or countries like BiH and Serbia for its problems in the electoral process, or Italy for its lack luster press freedom or because Canale 5 found it amusing to sexually harass a Eurovision contestant on national TV. There are ofc other… Read more »
Kris
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Phod diya ladke

Polegend Godgarina
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It’s the only country in the area where homosexuality is legal, and it has a better standard of living and more freedom, so check your receipts.

Jo
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You’re kidding, right?

SebastienXavier
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I would love to see Turkey if they decide not to do Eurovision anymore.

Skandar
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I’m Indonesian therefore I really want to see my country participates. But seeing from the junks the national broadcaster (TVRI) sent to ABU song contest, I concern of they sending another crappy ballad. I instead hope they will choose dangdut act or internationally well-named acts (Rich Chigga maybe?)

Loin de La Bas
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TVRI isn’t the only Indonesian full member. Metro TV, MNC TV, and RCTI are also full members of the ABU. TVRI is super outdated anyway, but let’s hope RCTI or other channels choose the artists.

Indonesian ESC Fan
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Indonesian has an abundant number of amazing-voiced pop singers. And that equals to the Philippines. Japan and South Korea have the looks.

Indonesia, Philippines, Japan and South Korea are on my list.

Binh
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Viet Nam Son Tung M-TP

Lô V?n Võ
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There are probably many Vietnamese fans like me here.

Euroboy
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Let’s be honest, neither Korea nor the majority of Arab countries will be part of any such show, because its laws, religions, rulers or customs DO NOT ALLOW. It is good that we all consider their pretensions but we also know that is something that will not happen, the case of Taiwan is complicated because China does not recognize him as an independent nation and we would see ourselves in the situation of Eurovision with Israel and Muslim countries, They would not participate or refuse to transmit their actions, so for my opinion, this first edition of EASC should be… Read more »
RussianBoy
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You said Korea? LOL They are more developed music wise than any European country.

AngieP
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Russia is both in Europe and Asia, geographically, but personally I want them to stay in ESC. Same with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Israel (I want them to stay, because I got used to them and they bring good entries most of the times). Turkey can go to Eurovision Asia. Australia can do whatever they want. Personally, I think they should move to Eurovision Asia, because they are in the Asia Pacific region, they are very interested in this project and also this bias in favour of Australia must stop at some time. Sth else: Do you think countries of… Read more »
Polegend Godgarina
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Playing music in public is forbidden in Saudi Arabia, along with everything else that’s fun and entertaining. That country is predicted to collapse by 2030 anyway, so hold on.

Maclaren
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Can a country participate in both competitions? Or is it an ‘either/or’ decision?

Gunther
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I only hope that Azerbaijan, Russia, Israel, Armenia, Georgia do not join that contest. We need them in Eurovision.

Polegend Godgarina
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All, except
– countries in the Eurovision, excluding Australia
– dictatorships (Saudi Arabia, North Korea)
– other Islamic countries with no human rights

SERGEY
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Armenia will not participate never

Roelof Meesters
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All I want is 2 semi-finals, one final with around 18 to 20 countries, and No Rusia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan or Turkey

Charli Cheer Up
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Hopefully no Big 5 format in this version aswl

Mateja Purple Panda
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We need Azerbaijan

Rey Gumatas
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I think the Philippines is in the Eurovision Asia In 2018 with PTV, ABS-CBN, TV5 or GMA

Charli Cheer Up
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New Zealand most definitely. The rest of the choices will most likely attend

Ian Gallagher
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It seems like Vietnam will be Eurovision Asia’s Armenia. Look, they already started hacking polls. :p

Charli Cheer Up
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Or maybe its William Lee Adams? I heard he’s half Vietnamese hmm.. 😉

Unofficial Månsters Association
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Unofficial Månsters Association

Imagine if Wiwibloggs makes the first Eurovision Asia Next Top Model edition and every Vietnamese person would vote for whatever entry represented them, and once the contest ends, Vietnam wins by a landslide… sort of like Lithuania in 2016.

Anabela
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Excuse me, but I don’t really care about Eurovision Asia. But please, just let Israel, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Russia stick to Eurovision.I always like their entries (don’t touch my boys, you Asia).

hh
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I hope they stay in Eurovision ‘cuz as an Asian, I don’t regard them as Asian countries.

beccaboo1212
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Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Macau, Philippines, and Taiwan.

I’d rather the Caucasus trio and Russia still continue to part of the regular Eurovision franchise (ESC and JESC).

No Eurovision Asia
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Eurovision Asia is just Aggravating, can’t we just read stuff on normal Eurovision, that’s what I come here for. Not for the Asia rip off….

James
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There’s Eurovision Young Dancers, Young Musicians, Choir fo the Year, Junior Eurovision and now Eurovision Asia as well as the much missed Dance Contest. It’s all in the family.

No Eurovision ASIA
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Yes I know. But they are all in Europe. NOT ASIA!!

anonymous
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I really miss the dance contest! It rated higher than the last 4 jesc’s combined, so it’s bizarre the EBU didn’t stick with it.

Loin de La Bas
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Eurovision has grown into a brand. Like other succesful TV shows adapted to international version and franchises (Next Top Model, Got Talent, The Voice, Idol, nobody’s bitchin about them being ripped off)
If you don’t like Eurovision Asia, then don’t go to Asia. Simple as that. It won’t be made for European public ANYWAY and your TV won’t be affected by what you a called rip-off.
And if you don’t like that Wiwi writes about it, then go read other blogs.

Evan
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Who are these idiots voting only for Vietnam?? If anything the obvious option is to vote for all/nearly all or in the least for 20 countries!!

dino
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Maybe there are many fans from Vietnam. Vietnam is like Armenia for ESC (many fans that vote for their own country).

hh
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I think they are more like Polish fans in Eurovision.

Evan
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They should no doubt for Vietnam but unless they want a contest with Vietnam as the only participant they should vote for other countries who they’d like to see Vietnam defeat!!
People voting for only one country need to get an IQ evaluation tbh!!

ThaoPham
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because this link is shared so much in VietNam. And VietNam want to appear in Eurovision .

kiraki
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It would be fun if Eurovision countries which is geographically located in Asia (or some part of it is located in Asia) could join such as Caucasus trio, Turkey, and Russia.

Erasmus
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I mean if you look at it North Korea and South Korea don’t have that bad relationship – they are NOT at war even. The problem would be with the Arabic states, they aren’t really getting along(not all of the of course). But I voted for every country, but I left out Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan – I think these countries belong to Eurovision since Europe has less countries than Asia so it would be an easier organisation, but them participating in EASC wouldn’t be so strange as Australia in ESC(they already are.)

nene
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they’ve been in war since the 50s

Erasmus
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yeah it started in 1950 and finished in 1953, so if there is any war it’s more of a cold war.

Jo
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They are still at war, technically.

thespb01
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If both participated, it would probably be a Azerbaijan/Armenia situation (ie they accept each other’s presence, but rank each other last all the time).

Erasmus
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Yeah I think so too:)

dino
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I want to see them all, guess I team the small countries, the underdogs, and will be interesting to see what songs will be in contest – ballads/up tempo/traditional…even political in disguise.

blondboybc
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I would love to see most of these countries, but prefer that Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia stick to Eurovision. Also, it would be great so see some of the smaller Oceanic island nations participate, along with some of the Arab states. The depth of diversity among the Asian nations is incredible. It will make for a great show! 🙂

Jo
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Kazakhstan has a strong music background. Ofc Australia, Japan, China, NZ, HK, Macau, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, India…it will be great and quite diverse!

Btw, Norfolk Island can participate since they are an ABU member. Also, New Caledonia has an independence referendum set to 2018, so they should be considered.

Let Kiribati and Tuvalu participate before they disappear (and Guam before being nuked).

Jo
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and tell North Korea music isn’t fireworks!!!!!!!!!!

Bella
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Helly Luv for Iran please!! Helly Luv is positively amazing and I would love to see here there! I would actually want to see all the countries except Russia participate as well as the other countries (except Australia) who already do Eurovision. 😀 Seriously though, I want to see Iran and I want to see Helly Luv representing! Also, while I’m on the topic of inspirational Kurdish women, Dashni Morad should represent Iraq! Dashni has a lovely voice and Helly has got some seriously awesome attitude! Oh and another one from the middle east, I would love to see Kuwait… Read more »
ESC84
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Pakistan, India
China, Japan, Korea
Singapore, Malaysia

ASIA
Guest

Do you know FSC? I have discovered a few months and a competition similar to Eurovision, each one chooses a country, if the country is already busy, do not worry, you continue as a jury of that country (and do the same), send a song and vote at the end of Editing (does not take much time). It’s very funny and discovers songs from other countries. Subscribe to the forum ESCYOUnited.
Link = http://escunited.com/forum/threads/3472-Join-FSC-Sign-Up-Thread/page220
If you have any questions, you can ask me, I wait for you.

goprake
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By the way, how can Nauru participate when they’re just slightly bigger than the Vatican City?

thespb01
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Monaco, which is smaller than Nauru, participated in Eurovision several times (and even won once), so it is possible.

Hunter
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South Korea wins 2018 EASC
2019 EASC in South Korea (North Korea doesn’t participate)
North Korea wins 2020 EASC
2021 EASC in North Korea (South Korea doesnt’ participate)
Some think further that the EASC will be a more peaceful competition than the ESC

goprake
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Why wouldn’t they participate? It wouldn’t be the first time South Koreans participate in a sports event held in North Korea, and same goes the other way around.

Stan
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how would the televote work in north korea? you vote for the south and you dissapear?

James
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A jury will take over like how it is in regular ESC when a 100% jury-only vote is utilized in the absence of a televote.

Polegend Godgarina
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North Korea would never participate, lol. They don’t show what’s happening in the outside world on their TV.

Sora
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They do show some sport events as long as they do well/win or a country they do not hate does well/wins.

goprake
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I have already said this, but I’ll repeat it: I’d love to see North Korea and South Korea together in the contest, even though it doesn’t always look like it Koreans have a cute friendship that I’d love to see in the contest. :3

kiraki
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And there will be propaganda in DPRK’s news agency that North Korea wins Eurovision every year. Same like 2014 propaganda when North Korea won World Cup 2014 by defeating Portugal. Never forget.