Even though the rumours are getting harder to ignore, according to the Australian broadcaster and rightholder SBS, the inaugural edition of Eurovision Asia is not officially planned as of yet. “Eurovision Asia is still in development,” a spokesperson by SBS states.
“We continue to have a number of discussions on bringing the event to life, however nothing is confirmed at this stage. We are thrilled to have recently announced Australia’s first Eurovision selection show to choose the song and artist that will represent Australia in May, Eurovision – Australia Decides to be held on the Gold Coast in February.”
Gold Coast City Council speaks about plans for December 2019
The long-awaited Eurovision Asia Song Contest looks set to be held on the Gold Coast next year, according to a Gold Coast City Council report. At this stage, the event is slated to be held from the 30th to the 7th of December 2019 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
According to the report, the eight day event is said to feature “high profile artists” from 16 Asia Pacific countries, with “red carpet arrivals”, “press meet and greets” and a “three-hour live broadcast grand final”. The report said the event will “imitate the Eurovision Song Contest” with a “similar system” of voting to the European version with an “industry jury delivering 50 percent of the vote (and) the remaining 50 percent coming from public televoting”.
Australia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest four times since its debut at the 2015 contest in Vienna. Dami Im claimed Australia’s best result, placing second in 2016 with the ballad Sound of Silence.