In March the European Broadcasting Union announced that it had reached an agreement with SBS — Australia’s Eurovision broadcaster — to create and develop a Eurovision concept for the Asia-Pacific region. In fact, as some Eurovision fans were busy screaming, “Australia can finally leave Eurovision!”, SBS was already planning to launch Asiavision in 2017 with 12 competitors and a potential reference group including representatives from China, India, Japan and South Korea.
Details remain a little sketchy. Although we know Australia is likely to host the inaugural contest, we don’t have a host city, dates, participating countries…or anything else. In an effort to get the ball and the hype rolling, we’ve compiled a list of twelve potential countries and artists. So from Turkey to Tonga, Mongolia to the Maldives, and everywhere in between, let’s unleash that Asian realness. Let’s do this!
WISHLIST – “ASIAVISION” 2017
Australia – Delta Goodrem
Arguably one of Australia’s most successful artists of all time, Delta Goodrem started stirring the Eurovision pot back in 2015 when she penned “My Girls” — the Australian entry for Junior Eurovision 2015. Hype blew up all around Delta when Australia was confirmed to participate in Eurovision 2016 until the honours eventually passed to Dami Im. However, given the Asian market is one that Delta is yet to crack, Asiavision could be a phenomenal platform to launch a career in the region. She’s conquered wiwivision, now it’s time to conquer Asiavision. Slay, momma!
China – EXO
EXO are one of Asia’s most popular boybands ever. The group debuted as a 12-piece in 2012, with two sub-groups EXO-K and EXO-M performing in Korean and Mandarin, respectively (hence the initials). These boys are gorgeous, with a catchy pop sound. A group of talented singers, dancers and actors, they are serving dynamism and extravaganza for days!
India – Shaarib & Toshi
Now lesbihonest here… Who wouldn’t want to see some high production value Bollywood music at Asiavision? Shaarib & Toshi are pioneers in the Bollywood music industry in India for their ability to mix traditional Indian music and contemporary sounds. If something as visually stunning as Bollywood can be transferred onto a competitive stage, India could be a huge force at Asiavision.
Indonesia – Anggun
This Asian sensation needs no introduction to Eurovision fans. After a stellar performance with an unfortunate disappointing result for France in Eurovision 2012, the beautiful Anggun could catapult her homeland of Indonesia to the top of the Asiavision scoreboard. Anggun is such a huge star in Asia — she is a judge on “Asia’s Got Talent” and Madame Tussauds in Thailand recently began the process of immortalising her in wax.
Japan – Namie Amuro
Japan is one of the world’s biggest exporters of pop music. Its music scene has a cult following in a lot of western countries, particularly Australia and the United States, so it’s incredibly difficult to choose one act to represent the country behind J-Pop. Namie Amuro is a huge star in Japan, with a career spanning three decades. She is often described as the “Japanese Madonna or Janet Jackson” and the “Queen of J-Pop”. A seasoned professional who is still riding the waves of success, she would bring a tsunami of fabulous to Asiavision.
Malaysia – De Fam
One of Malaysia’s hottest girl groups right now is De Fam. The trio — individually known as Sophia, Azira and Cik — have mastered a great pop/RnB sound, fusing rap and perfect harmonies in both Malay and English. Their songs ooze female empowerment. With dynamic staging, they could put Malaysia’s women on top of the Asia-Pacific singing contest.
New Zealand – Broods
Broods are the hottest things on the music scene in New Zealand right now. Melding dance, pop and indie rock into a delicious pot of eargasm, the duo have seen both of their albums chart at number one in New Zealand, in the top five in Australia and even the Billboard 100 in the United States. Their dark sound would make them an act to watch for sure.
Philippines – Moira Dela Torre
Moira Dela Torre‘s big break came during the first season of The Voice of the Philippines in 2013. Landing herself in team apl.de.ap from The Black Eyed Peas, she was unfortunately eliminated during the battle rounds. This didn’t defeat Moira, as she’s gone on to release multiple singles showcasing her exquisite voice.
Singapore – The Sam Willows
A relative newcomer in Singapore is The Sam Willows, a four-piece group made up of siblings Narelle and Benjamin and their friends Sandra and Jonathan. They have a unique sound that blends pop, dance and country elements. Their song “Take Heart” has had over a million views on YouTube and it’s so infectiously catchy that people all over the region would pick up their phones and vote. Le Singapour, douze points!
South Korea – BTS
Before we get y’alls hopes up, getting BTS to represent South Korea at Asiavision is like getting Adele to represent the United Kingdom. They are such a huge name in their homeland that it’s highly unlikely they’d ever say yes to competing, but one can dream, right? Their music and their videos are complex and dynamic, and they’ve managed to win a devout following all around the world. South Korea could easily be the Sweden or Russia of “Asiavision” with a music scene this fierce.
Thailand – WAii
One of the hottest female stars hitting the music charts in Thailand right now is WAii. Collectively her songs have tens of millions of views on YouTube, and she has a great look and sound for a solid Thai pop tune. Her homeland isn’t particularly known for their pop music scene, but everything about WAii could put Thailand on the map! Forget pad thai. There is a new dish of the day!
Vietnam – Trong Hieu
Lucky last on the list comes to us from Vietnam. Trong Hieu is best known for his success on the 2015 season of Vietnam Idol and is everything you would want from what sounds like a Vietnamese Bruno Mars. He’s got the right amount of charisma and spunk, and paired with a great voice, could make Vietnam a standout in the contest.
What do you make of our suggestions? Who would you like to see grace the stage at “Asiavision” 2017? Let us know your favourite Asian pop artists in the comments section below!