SBS To Create Its Own Version Of Eurovision - Maybe We Can Win This One

22 March 2016 | 1:05 pm | Staff Writer

Introducing 'Eurovision Asia'.

After three decades of watching the annual Eurovision song contest on TV screens, Australian audiences may just get the chance to witness the spectacle live, following news that Australia could host the very first Asia Pacific version of the global competition.

As The Guardian reports, Australian network and national Eurovision broadcaster SBS has signed an exclusive option with the European Broadcasting Union to develop a new version of the show set for 2017. 

Eurovision Asia would feature 20 countries from the Asia Pacific region to compete in the inaugural contest Down Under. 

SBS are yet to confirm whether Australia would make the switch from Eurovision to Eurovision Asia, or which countries in particular would compete. 

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Blink TV, who have produced SBS's Eurovision broadcasts since 2009, say that the new show could attract an audience of over one billion — an incredible figure, given that the Eurovision contest garners an audience of 200 million each year. 

The news comes just weeks after it was confirmed that Korean-born singer Dami Im will represent Australia at Eurovision in Stockholm this May, following Guy Sebastian's run last year, where he finished in fifth place.