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  • Writer's pictureDale Roberts

Asia Pacific artists of the Eurovision national finals season 2023

Artists from the Asia Pacific have had a great influence on the Eurovision Song Contest over the years.

Australia, which is from the region, competes at the Contest but performers either from, born or with strong connections to the Asia Pacific have represented other nations such as France, The Netherlands, Denmark and Austria.

But it's not only at the main Contest where their artistry appears, with many competing in the national finals that occur across Europe each year.

And this year was no different and we take a look at those who made their mark:


Alfie Arcuri - 'Collide'

Una voce per San Marino 2023 - San Marino

Alfie first came to Eurovision fans attention when he finished 4th at the inaugural 'Eurovision - Australia Decides' in 2019.

Since then he has gone on to compete at the Golden Stag and New Wave song contests representing the nation.

This year, he attempted to represent San Marino, by taking part in their national final.

Although he didn't take out the title he won the 'Critics Award' for his performance.

Kiana - 'Where Did You Go'

Melodifestivalen - Sweden

Kiana was born in Perth in Western Australia and only moved to Sweden when she was two years old. Her mother is Australian and she still has close ties here with her family travelling to watch her compete in Sweden's Melodifestivalen this year.

On her debut in the competition Kiana made it through to the final finishing in an impressive 6th place.

Iraq (Kurdistan region)

Hunter Falls - 'Ooh La La'

Eurosong - Belgium

Hunter Falls is the stage name of Chya Omar, who competed in Belgium's national final Eurosong with his catchy entry 'Ooh La La'.

Chya was born in Belgium to parents who are from Sulaimani province in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. His parents came to the country as Kurdish refugees from Iraq.

He finished 7th in the final of Eurosong.


Maiko - 'Tokimeki" (ときめき)'

Eesti Laul - Estonia

The Japanese singer Maiko now calls Pärnu home after marrying an Estonian local and moving to the nation.

She has begun to forge a career in her new home and competed at this year's Eesti Laul with 'Tokimeki' with the group Neon Letters.

The song featured both Japanese and English lyrics finishing 8th in the semi-final.


Trong - 'Dare to be Different'

Unser lied fur Liverpool - Germany

Trong Hieu Nguyen was born in Germany to Vietnamese parents who migrated to the country in the 1990s.

Trong forged in a career in Germany and competed on 'Deutschland sucht den Superstar' but it was in Vietnam where his career took off.

In 2015 he competed and won 'Vietnam Idol' and also represented the nation at the Asia Song Festival in 2020.

This year he competed in the German national final finishing in an impressive 4th place with his song 'Dare to be Different'.

We look forward to seeing more performers connected to the region compete at both national final and the main Eurovision Song Contest!

Did we miss any artists? Let us know!

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