Singapore Government Reportedly Offers $4 million To Host Singing Contest
Singapore seems to have a peculiar interest in playing host to singing contests. Earlier this year, there was an outcry after The Voice Singapore wanted contestants to be able to be fluent in Mandarin despite saying that all races are welcome.
This time, the government is reportedly willing to offer US$4 million (S$5.53 million) to host an obscure singing contest that most of us have not even heard of — the Eurovision Asia Song Contest.
What’s that? Eurovision Asia? We can’t believe we have to say this, but Europe is not in Asia!
In a rather surprising article by Eurovoix World, which says it’s an entertainment news website focusing on the European music scene and song contests, it was reported that Singapore was one of 3 countries that had expressed “serious interest” in hosting the Asian version of the contest that is set to take place next year.
The other two countries were Hong Kong and Australia.
Mr Paul Clarke, the executive producer of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest, was even quoted as saying that the Singapore government has “put forward $4 million to hosting the contest”.
Clueless Singaporeans may ask: What’s Eurovision? And why should we host it?
The event is a world cup of sorts for songs, where each country submits an original song and submit it online for public scrutiny. Votes are cast by the viewers to determine the winner.
Typically, only European countries participate, but up to 600 million fans watch the show worldwide.
It can be campy and kitschy and seems to be very popular in Europe. Watch a video trailer of the event here:
The event is also the longest-running annual international TV song competition in history, holding a record of 61 years.
The contest winners do get some limelight as well, with big stars like Celine Dion and ABBA having risen to fame because of this contest.
Take a look at Celine Dion performing at Eurovision 1988:
Is Asia In Europe?
You may think having a Eurovision contest in Asia doesn’t make sense, due to the name of the contest itself.
But maybe it doesn’t sound so weird at all if we told you that Australia took part in Eurovision 2015.
And last we checked, Australia isn’t in Europe either.
Hmm, Westerners geography fail?
No NDP Songs, Please
We have many talented local artists and songwriters who can represent us — as long as they don’t choose this year’s NDP song to represent us.
The Asian spin-off is set to see around 20 countries battle it out for the top prize, and if it happens it would be the first successful attempt to bring the contest out of Europe.
Will this contest be better received than The Voice? Since it will include many different countries, it is unlikely for a language barrier to be imposed. It does certainly sound exciting, and we may be able to catch the singers live!
Featured image from theculturetrip.com