Asiavision which has now become Our SoundTM – The Asia-Pacific Song Contest 2009, the musical competition in the format of the Eurovision Song Contest, finally kicks off this year, in November with the participation of 15 Asian countries. The hosting country and final list of participants have not been confirmed yet but are expected to be soon, as national selections start in July.
The format of the Eurovision Song Contest was sold back in 2007 to Asia and the first ever Asian edition has been scheduled for November 2009, although the actual date has not been finalised yet. A total of 15 countries have been invited to participate in the first edition of Our SoundTM – The Asia-Pacific Song Contest 2009, a number expected to increase to 33, over the next decade. The first countries that are likely to take part this year are: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Our Sound will take place over a weekend with two shows. The Performance show will take place on the Friday where all songs will be presented in a star studded evening. In the following two days, the Asian audiences will decide the winnervotingby sms and online. A difference to the original, European contest will be that each voter is allowed two votes, one of which can be for their own country. The results will be posted on the contest's official site and updated regularly. The winner will be anounced during the second show, called The Winners Show to be held on the Sunday. The results will be announced in the same was as in the Eurovision Song Contest, with spokespersons from each country announcing the local points.The host(s) of the shows will speak in English and Mandarin.
Our Sound will be broadcast in China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Korea as well as each participating country at weekend prime time.It will also be webcast live for international fans.