You can’t deny, rumours of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest taking place next December has taken up a step or two over the last week – mainly thanks to the City of Gold Coast.
Blink TV and SBS hold the rights to the Contest through to 2031. Their proposed timeline for the inaugural 2019 edition is set out like this:
- October 2018 – Staggered announcements of Partners, Artists & Sponsors
- November 2018 – Host City & Venue announcement
- May 2019 – Announcement of Participating Countries, Ticket Sales and the reveal of Theme & Artwork
- June 2019 – Stage Design revealed
- July 2019 – Show Presenters announced
- September 2019 – Announcement of final list of competing Artists & Songs
- December 2019 – City Branding, Red Carpet & Official Welcome Party
The City of Gold Coast have proposed hosting the event on a four-yearly basis, for the next twelve years – rotating with other cities – a suggestion that the winning country won’t automatically have to host the following year. In 2019, they have rumoured to have booked the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Contest will be broadcast over three hours and will use the 50/50 public/jury voting featured in the Eurovision Song Contest since it was introduced in Stockholm, in 2016. The Contest can be viewed Online, as well as the Eurovision Song Contest’s YouTube page, participating and non-participating broadcasters. SBS plan to also air a 30 minute nightly show during the Contest week – highlighting preparations and rehearsals.
Author: Richard Taylor