The Eurovision Song Contest format - just what Putin needs

The Eurovision Song Contest format - just what Putin needs
Prime Minister Putin on stage. Photo: Indrek Galetin (EBU)
Geneva, Switzerland -

The European Broadcasting Union, organiser of Europe's favourite TV-show, the Eurovision Song Contest, welcomed Russian Prime Minister Putin's idea to hold a song contest with China and Central Asia. The EBU said that it would be delighted to license Mr Putin the Eurovision Song Contest format.

The EBU owns and sells the format for one of the most-watched annual television events in Europe to countries across the world.

“Why not have the Song Contest in China, and Central Asia? We own the rights to an international song contest. We would be happy to sell the format to Prime Minister Putin,” said Bjørn Erichsen, Television Director at the EBU. “Investors have already signed a deal to make a version of the contest in the Middle East and North Africa. We are close to finalising a deal for a contest called Songs of Africa in sub-Saharan Africa,” he explained.

Putin made his statement at a recent meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

Russia's capital Moscow hosted the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year. The Russian Prime Minister visited the contest's venue to be informed about the preparations, just days before the first Semi-Final. His visit was captured on camera by Eurovision.tv's video crew:


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  • Posted on 6 November 2009 at 14:58
    Maybe in the distant distant future, Mr. Putin...
    It's strange that people outside China and possibly Asia are talking about "Asiavision", but not a sound of such a contest we have heard in this country! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 November 2009 at 22:52
    sorry for my bad english... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 November 2009 at 22:51
    I'm only for! If i'm right, there was some contests like those?! in 2004 or 2005? By the way, it's good idea, WELL DONE Vladimir Vladimirovich!=) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 October 2009 at 17:57
    Mr. Putin, forget it PLEASE!!!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 October 2009 at 17:55
    NO! NEVER! there will be a worldwide song contest! just wait and see! i think everybody would like a worldwide song contest. that song contest is just growing up. just wait please! maybe only more 6 years. =)
    if you wanna know more about it please contact me on eurovisionfamily. ;-) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 October 2009 at 09:06
    I am for a WORLDVISION Song Contest. But there are 183 countries, if I am not wrong, it makes 9 semi-finals and only five of the twenty participants of the semi-finals could go to FINAL, I think. It would be a very hard contest. One can see their country in the final only once a decade maximum. The best would be to have contest for the continents: Aurope, Asia & Australia, Africa, America and then World vision with the top ten of the continental contests. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 October 2009 at 21:39
    man theyre reading my mind..seriously..i mean..why cant the whole world participate in this cool show ??:) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 October 2009 at 12:40
    I would like to see that happen. You never know if thats goes well in africa and north and south america (also fingers cross for next years asia-pacific song contest) you never know there could be a Worldvision Song Contest now that would be good report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 October 2009 at 12:35
    This sounds very good i will would be glad to see an Africavision Song Contest for Africa as well as an Americavision Song Contest for North and South America. As well i am looking forward to next years Asia-Pacific Song Contest. So you never no people in a few years there might be a Worldvision Song Contest. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 October 2009 at 22:20
    The ESC format and concept can be exported worldwide. Perhaps in a middle term we will see a worldwide song contest with the winners of all the song contest. In fact, this in not new because in America, Spain and Portugal we had from 1972 until 2000 the OTI Song Contest (very good results for Spain, 6 victories). But the OTI Festival never had the success of Eurovision. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 October 2009 at 22:18
    I'm already looking forward to the Asiavision Song Contest or (Our Sound - Asian and Pacific Song Contest) which is supposedly gonna start November for national selection process with the contest spanning over a weekend; Friday being the show, Friday Night/Saturday = voting and Sunday being the results.
    The Our Sound Website claims this show will take part sometime around March.
    www.asiavision.tv

    If there starts an Africanvision and Arabvision, we'll just need an Americavision to make a globalvision song contest. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 October 2009 at 13:53