By Filip Teovanovic
Australia’s Eurovision fans may soon have to prepare for two Eurovision parties a year.
SBS has announced they’re developing an Asia-Pacific spinoff of the Eurovision Song Contest, giving artists from across the region the opportunity to showcase their culture and musical talent to the world.
The proposed spinoff will feature 20 countries competing to be crowned the winner in the Grand Final. The inaugural contest, hosted by Australia, could be held as early as 2017, SBS said.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said the multicultural broadcaster is pleased to explore the opportunity of extending the Eurovision brand and bringing Australia closer to Asia.
“We are excited by the fact that Eurovision’s appeal is crossing continental borders to Asian countries,” Mr Ebeid said.
“SBS Australia has been broadcasting Eurovision for over 30 years, so we feel they are a perfect partner to build an alliance of networks with, and give Asian songwriters and artists the opportunity to perform on the Eurovision stage.”
The news comes after confirmation that Korean-Australian singer Dami Im (pictured) will represent Australia at Eurovision in Sweden in May, following our 2015 debut in the contest.
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