Ever since news of plans for the Eurovision Asia Song Contest were confirmed back in 2016, fans have eagerly awaited details of the inaugural show. Recent chat on social media has suggested that it may be sooner than expected, with speculation of a December 2019 date. However, wiwibloggs has confirmed that there is “no further update at this stage.”
Wiwibloggs has contacted a spokesperson for SBS, the broadcaster for Eurovision in Australia and the broadcaster responsible for the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. In an exclusive statement, they have confirmed that “Eurovision Asia is still in development. There is no further update at this stage”.
The rumour appears to have sparked off from a Google search result, that confidently declares that Eurovision Asia 2019 will begin on 30 November and end on 7 December.
The dates have their origin in a proposal document, intended for sponsors of the event if it was hosted in the Gold Coast, Australia. However, these dates have never been confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union nor Eurovision Asia producers Blink TV or Australian broadcaster SBS.
The event is also said to be taking place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre — the same venue that hosted Australia’s national final last February. However, the GCCEC has one event listed for 7 December 2019 — Christmas Rhapsody, a Queen tribute band and Christmas dinner show.
In any event, it would be a tight turnaround if the contest was to debut in December, with no confirmation of the contest as of yet. With artists still to select and broadcasters still not confirmed, it’s unlikely it will air before the end of the year.
That’s not to say it will never happen — in fact, there is still strong interest in the Asia region for the contest to happen. In December, wiwibloggs caught up with Eurovision Asia producer Paul Clarke. He confirmed that discussions were still taking place and investors were interested in the Eurovision Asia debut:
“There’s a lot discussions and a lot of potential investors in Asia… So we’ll just go one step at a time and I’m really happy where our national final is, and we’ll see where our next steps are.”
With positive fan response to Eurovision: Australia Decides — dubbed by some as the “Melodifestivalen of the south” — there is still expectation that if Eurovision Asia gets the go-ahead, the Australian team will be more than capable of putting on a show for the eventual debut of the contest.
Once details of the inaugural Eurovision Asia are confirmed, we expect they will be officially launched by the EBU.
The one new event that we do know more about is a Eurovision-style show for the United States. The project was launched in May, with producers aiming to hold the first show in 2021.