Eurovision 2013 reaches China

Eurovision 2013 reaches China
CCTV's headquarter in Beijing. Photo: Wikipedia
Beijing, China -

TV viewers in the largest country in the world, China with some 1,3 billion people, are set to get a glimpse of the European music scene when this year's Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast there in a few days.

EBU's associated member, the Chinese broadcaster CCTV will show all three shows of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest next week.

The two Semi-Finals and the Grand Final will be broadcast twice, respectively on the 5th, 6th and 7th of October on their music channel CCTV-15.

"We hope that this is the beginning of an annual tradition, and that the Eurovision Song Contest will eventually also become China's favourite TV-show. It creates an amazing opportunity for artists participating in the contest, expanding the enormous potential audience outside of Europe," says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of EBU/EUROVISION.

China is no stranger to the stars of the Eurovision Song Contest. Last year's winner, Loreen conquered their hearts in 2013 at a grandiose New Year's show.

This year's edition of Europe's favourite TV reached an audience of over 170 million viewers across Europe in May. It saw Denmark's Emmelie de Forest taking home the victory with her song Only Teardrops.

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  • Posted on 18/October 2013 at 17:56
    @overbyen ah my friend you just say that because you are not Europian.If you were Europian it won't likes to you if a clean Asian country (Azerbaijan,Armenia and Georgia are euroasians countries) may takes part next year at Eurovision report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/October 2013 at 07:01
    People who are saying that China should not participate, are you all kidding me right now?! Nowhere in the article does it say anything about that. People in China are just watching the contest like how Canada and Australia and many other countries not in Europe do. Gosh just relax. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/October 2013 at 15:18
    But there is also AsiaVision China can take part there.Eurovision is only for Europian countries report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/October 2013 at 17:53
    Peach123 say the most right thing!!!;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/October 2013 at 00:26
    No! China shouldn't be allowed to participate in the contest, because that's the point of Eurovision, it is only in EUROPE!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/October 2013 at 15:51
    Hanson from China - As predicted, Finland's kiss has been censored ... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5/October 2013 at 23:48
    There in for a treat I must say they must be over the moon with this news, can see them all now raiding the super market shelves stocking up on pot noodles in readiness for this event. Eurovision on China tv 5 months after the main event, lets hope nobody as leaked the result out would be as shame to ruin there fun now. Why broadcast it now and not live on the night.... I suppose its taken this long to censor the shows... ,, Will North Korea be the next to be invaded by Eurovision or do they already see the show,,, who knows they could be dancing in the night clubs now as we speak the sounds of Eurovision,,, report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/October 2013 at 23:24
    get ready for 4 or 5 fake versions of eurovision xD report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/October 2013 at 18:54
    And in China?In a few years they will call ESC Asiavision... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2/October 2013 at 18:55
    @Andrei Felix About the reception of homosexuality in China. It's not envisible that same sex marriage will be legalized in China in the near future, but the society has been gathering understanding of homosexuality. Few hatred cases are reported. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2/October 2013 at 18:51
    @davidrk46 I have the same question in mind. Let's wait and see.

    I was very much surprised when I heard the news. It's true that Eurovision only has a rather small fan base in China, but the fans are quite devoted. We've been waiting for this to happen! I do hope airing the shows on national television will bring more attention and interest. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2/October 2013 at 13:00
    And I do know that Krista is straight, but you get the point. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2/October 2013 at 12:58
    According to Wikipedia, homosexual activities have been perfectly legal in China since 1997, although the media still tends to censor depictions of gay people in TV shows. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2/October 2013 at 12:48
    @davidrk46 Or the one in the final interval act. I don't know what the Chinese perspective on homosexuality is, to begin with. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2/October 2013 at 12:08
    I wonder if Finland's kiss will be edited out. report to the moderator