It has been announced earlier tonight that Hunan TV will take an active role at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest that will be held in Stockholm. The Chinese singer Li Ronghao will have the honour of representing China at the interval act of the first semifinal of the contest with the song An ideal.
The decision to let Hunan TV and China take part in the contest comes after few years of sending press to report live from the contest and broadcasting it on live TV, China will now participate in the first semifinal of the contest, only as an interval act however, raising the number of participating countries to a record of 44.
“It is great to set new records at this year’s contest. After raising the amount of points that will be given out during the final of the contest, we are now sure that a larger audience in the world will be watching and following the contest live, in addition to setting a new amount of participating countries.”, says a representative of SVT in a press conference released by the Swedish broadcaster.
Furthermore, as the Asia-Pacific Song Contest is set to take place for the first time in 2017, it will be an opportunity for Hunan TV to collaborate with the organising broadcaster SBS of Australia in order to prepare better for hosting the new competition for the first time.
China will be represented by the 30 years old singer Li Ronghao (李榮浩). His third album, An ideal, was released in January 2016 and includes some hits as Full house, MaMa & PaPa, and the title of the album An ideal, which will also be China’s entry for the interval act of the contest.
Back in 2014, Jessica Mauboy went to represent Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest as an interval act. Since 2015, Australia is taking an active role as a participant in the contest, which might hint about the future plans regarding China at the contest.
Stay tuned to ESCToday.com for more news regarding China at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016!
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