Is Eurovision coming to Asia?
Last night, 'Eurovision - Australia Decides' took out two big awards at the Asian Academy Creativity Awards.
The program took out the Best Music Show and Best Non-Scripted Entertainment Show for Blink TV and SBS.
Blink TV received the awards and in the acceptance speech by Paul Clarke there was a notable statement:
"Our chief goal as a company is to bring Eurovision to Asia so please look out for that! Eurovision is coming people!"
Eurovision has expanded beyond Europe in recent years and we don't just mean Australia's participation.
The American Song Contest took place this year in the United States with Eurovision Canada and Eurovision Latin America already announced.
The expansion has been under the guidance of Voxovation run by former Melodifestivalen Content Producer and Eurovision 2013 and 2016 producer Christer Björkman (as well as Anders Lenhoff, Ola Melzig, Peter Settman and Greg Lipstone).
Christer Bjorkman has a close relationship with Blink TV and Australia, and was present in the lead up to the original 'Australia Decides' in 2019 where he also served as a jury member.
Blink TV and SBS had the rights to hold Eurovision Asia but unfortunately, it fell through.
SBS's Josh Martin said at the time:
“I think it’s fair to say we’ve rescinded our rights. We spent a number of years trying to figure out how to do it and then the global pandemic came along.”
So now, if Eurovision Asia is potentially coming, could it be something between Voxovation and Blink TV?
The answer is, we don't know!
Time will tell if it does happen and who will be involved and what this could mean for Australia.
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