Eurovision Asia Song Contest

Eurovision Asia is cancelled

After 5 years of development, Australia's broadcaster confirmed the cancellation of Eurovision Asia, the Asian format of the Eurovision Song Contest

Back in August of 2017, an Asian spin-off of the Eurovision Song Contest was announced: the Eurovision Asia.

The idea consisted on having up to 20 Asian countries competing in one Grand Final. Nonetheless, after the news broke, little to no word was given about the contest until very recently when Josh Martin – Head of Delegation for Australia and also part of SBS (Australian broadcaster) – confirmed the show was cancelled to TV Tonight:

– We spent a number of years trying to figure out how to do it and then the global pandemic came along.

Besides the COVID-19 situation, Martin mentions other reasons that made it impossible to have an Asian format of the world's biggest music competition:

– It is difficult for a number of reasons: time zones, language barries... All sort of issues. It's kind of like any TV show. You put a lot of things into development and not all of them get up. So that was one that we could not make work.

Despite the fact that Eurovision Asia is no longer happening, just a few days ago, the American Song Contest was announced and confirmed for 2022.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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