SCPM.COM REPORTS – The television talk-show host says it wouldn’t surprise him if China entered the contest and reveals why getting his guests tipsy on air is a good thing
Eurovision has been screened in China for the past two years and Australia has been given a wild-card entry. Would you like to see China enter, too?
“The Eurovision is a wonderful thing, but one thing it doesn’t need is any more songs in it! No one at the end goes, ‘If only that had been longer!’ Will China enter it? I would not be at all surprised. It would make sense from Eurovision’s point of view because it’s such an enormous market – and also, in a way, it would be quite nice to have China join in because I find Eurovision a very optimistic way to look at the peoples of the world.”
BEIJING, CHINA – China will air the Eurovision Song Contest for a third year in a row. Mango TV will broadcast the event both on television and on the Internet for the first time. Furthermore, a Chinese delegation will be present in Stockholm with thirteen journalists from the country.
Interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has been increasing in China over the past few years. Martin Osterdahl, this year’s Executive Producer, said, “Their interest has been increasing, but this year is the first they will air it both through steaming and broadcast. It is very interesting since we for the last ten years have felt entertainment-TV lose its mark. It has been used as an example of the death of TV in general. At the same time, Eurovision keeps growing against the trend. It says a lot about the power of the event”.
A spokesperson for Hunan Television, Ying Lei, said China would be interested in getting its own wildcard entry in the European event. “That’s the question we ask”, she said. “Whether we can follow [Australia] and at least have a special performer on the stage and then join the big family and join the show”. Sietse Bakker, Eurovision’s event supervisor, confirmed in May 2015 that there had been “increasing interest” from China. “If that interest grows, who knows”? he said. “In a couple of years we would have a world song contest”.
DID YOU KNOW?
Due to growing interest in the contest from outside Europe, Australian broadcaster SBS announced an Asia Pacific version of the show, which would bring together up to 20 competing countries, with the first event hosted by Australia in 2017
BEIJING, CHINA – The world’s most populous nation, China, will air the semi finals and grand final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Hunan TV has signed up to broadcast the shows live at 03.00 AM local time. China has approached the EBU regarding possible participation in the show. Every year an estimated 180 million viewers watch the Eurovision Song Contest.
BEIJING, CHINA – Chinese Eurovision fans have voted for their favourite 2014 entries. The public had the right to vote from a single IP address from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to select their favourites. There is growing interest in Eurovision in China with many references to the country during the actual Eurovision show in Copenhagen. Sweden won the Chinese vote by a landslide, while Austria came only 16th. Notably, Ireland and Montenegro came second and third.
01. Sweden 368 votes
02. Ireland 192
03. Montenegro 169
04. Spain 139
05. Norway 138
06. Switzerland 135
07. Azerbaijan 134
08. United Kingdom 133
09. Armenia 129
10. Denmark 127.
11. Romania 121
12. FYR Macedonia 109
13. Russia 108
14. The Netherlands 105
15. Ukraine 103
17. Slovenia 97
18. Belgium 91
19. Israel 84
20. Greece 80
21. Iceland 79
22. Poland 73
23. Belarus 73
24. Portugal 70
25. Germany 68
26. Italy 62
27. France 61
28. Estonia 54
29. Finland 53
30. San Marino 53
31. Albania 48
32. Hungary 37
33. Latvia 30
34. Malta 25
35. Lithuania 16
36. Moldova 13
37. Georgia 4
DID YOU KNOW?
TV viewers in the largest country in the world, China with some 1,3 billion people, got a glimpse of the European music scene when 2013 Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast respectively on the 5th, 6th and 7th of October, 2013 on their music channel CCTV-15.
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – During the interview of NDR’s Thomas Schreiber to OGAE Germany last week, it was revealed that a country that is outside Europe but is an EBU associate member will perform a song in the 2nd semifinal’s interval act.
Speculations immediately began with Australia been the most rumoured country as they love Eurovision for years, a show which they air live down under. Mr Schreiber also revealed that if this country applied for Eurovision Song Contest participation he (as representative of the German national broadcaster) would support it 100% and it would boost the prestige of the contest.
Besides that China and Australia already confirmed they are sending delegations in Copenhagen to follow the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest!
It seems that in 2015 a historic change in the contest will take place with the idea of allowing non-European countries to participate in the contest! Not a bad idea at all!
CHINAESCFANS.WORDPRESS.COM REPORTS – Days ago, our blog has stated that the Music Channel of China’s Central Television (CCTV-MUSIC or CCTV-15) will be broadcasting the Eurovision semifinals during the first week of October. Today more details have been released.
On 5th October, CCTV-15 will broadcast ESC 2013 1st Semifinal twice at 1435 hours and 2154 hours Beijing Time.
On 6th October, 2nd Semifinal will be broadcast twice at 1435 and 2224 hours Beijing Time
On 7th October, the Grand Final will be on air at 1440 and 2224 hours Beijing Time, the program list inform that the broadcast of Grand Final can last until 0200 hours Beijing Time or so, so it seems that the voting procedure will be shown as well.
Lang Kun, General Supervisor of the CCTV Music Channel afirmed that, China’s television and music industry personnels should learn from the methods of the management and transmission of the Eurovision Song Contest. We can conclude that, while the contents of the programs are important, it is even more important to learn “how to organize them”. Only by improving the quality of a program, increasing its creativity and integrity, can it be gaining good rating and fame. As the only associated member of EBU in China, CCTV-15 will continue the broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest, aiming at promoting the popularity and influence of the cultural event masterpiece.
You can watch CCTV-15 live here at