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Fifty-four countries have participated in the Own Asiavision Song Contest since it started in 2015. The contest, organised by the Own Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, is held between members of the Union. Broadcasters from different countries submit songs to the event, and cast votes to determine the most popular in the competition.

Participation in the contest is primarily open to all active member broadcasters of the OABU. To be an active member, broadcasters must be a member of the Own Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Eligibility to participate is determined by geographic inclusion within the continent of Asia and Oceania.

The number of countries participating each edition has grown steadily. A record 45 countries participated in the fourteenth edition. As the number of contestants has risen, preliminary competitions have been introduced, to ensure that as many countries as possible get the chance to compete. In the tenth edition, a semi-final was introduced. The 10 highest-placed countries in the previous edition qualified for the final. All other countries entered the semi-final. The countries qualified from the semi, leaving a final of twenty-four and then twenty-five countries. Since the fourteenth edition, two semi-finals are held with all countries, except the host country and the Big Five, participating in one of the semi-finals.

Some countries, such as Australia, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand have entered most editions, while Tuvalu has only entered once. Niue, a country without an eligible television service, tried unsuccessfully to enter in Own Asiavision Song Contest 21.

ParticipantsEdit

The following table lists the countries that are eligible to participate in the contest.

Country Debut Entries Wins Broadcaster
Flag of Afghanistan Afghanistan
#03
17
0
RTA
Flag of Australia Australia
#01
23
0
SBS
Flag of Bahrain Bahrain
#14
7
0
BRTC
Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh
#09
10
0
BTV
Flag of Bhutan Bhutan
#08
8
0
BBS
Flag of Brunei Brunei
#01
17
0
RTB
Flag of Cambodia Cambodia
#10
10
1
TVK
Flag of China China
#01
21
2
CCTV
Flag of East Timor East Timor
#10
9
0
RTTL
Flag of Fiji Fiji
#06
18
1
FTV
Flag of French Polynesia French Polynesia
#18
5
0
SBC
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong
#01
15
1
RTHK
India India
#01
17
1
DDI
Flag of Indonesia Indonesia
#01
22
0
TVRI
Flag of Iran Iran
#05
14
0
IRIB
Flag of Iraq Iraq
#01
15
0
IMN
Flag of Japan Japan
#01
20
1
NHK
Flag of Jordan Jordan
#02
19
1
JRTV
Flag of Kiribati Kiribati
#24
1
0
BPA
Flag of Kuwait Kuwait
#14
7
0
KTV
Flag of Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
#01
18
0
KTRK
Flag of Laos Laos
#01
23
1
LNTV
Flag of Macau Macau
#11
8
0
TDM
Flag of Malaysia Malaysia
#01
23
1
RTM
Flag of Maldives Maldives
#07
9
0
TVM
Flag of Mongolia Mongolia
#01
19
1
MNB
Flag of Myanmar Myanmar
#01
15
0
MRTV
Flag of Nepal (rectangular) Nepal
#01
19
0
NTV
Flag of New Caledonia New Caledonia
#21
3
0
TNC
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
#01
13
0
TVNZ
Flag of North Korea North Korea
#06
15
0
KCTV
Flag of Oman Oman
#14
8
0
SOT
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
#01
18
0
PTV
Flag of Palestine Palestine
#07
14
1
PBC
Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
#01
17
0
NBC/PNG
Flag of Philippines Philippines
#03
17
1
PBS
Flag of Qatar Qatar
#10
11
1
QMC
Flag of Samoa Samoa
#18
6
0
SBC
Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
#07
14
0
SAB/SAR
Flag of Singapore Singapore
#03
18
0
RTS
Flag of Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
#14
5
0
SIBC
Flag of South Korea South Korea
#01
22
4
KBS
Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
#01
17
1
SLBC
Flag of Syria Syria
#01
14
0
SATRBC
Flag of Taiwan Taiwan
#01
16
1
TTV
Flag of Tajikistan Tajikistan
#02
17
0
TVT
Flag of Thailand Thailand
#01
23
0
NBT
Flag of Tonga Tonga
#15
6
0
TBC
Flag of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
#01
21
0
TTV
Flag of Tuvalu Tuvalu
#23
1
0
TMD
Flag of United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
#01
22
1
MBC
Flag of Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
#11
13
1
MRTK
Flag of Vanuatu Vanuatu
#21
2
0
VBTC
Flag of Vietnam Vietnam
#01
21
0
VTV
Flag of Yemen Yemen
#12
12
1
YTV

Unsuccessful attempts to participate Edit

There have been several unsuccessful attempts to participate in the Own Asiavision Song Contest. For broadcasters to participate, they must be a member of the OABU and register their intention to compete before the deadline specified in the rules of that edition. Each participating broadcaster pays a fee towards the organisation of the contest. Should a country withdraw from the contest after the deadline, they will still need to pay these fees, and may also incur a fine or temporary ban.

NiueEdit

Flag of Niue Niue has never participated in the Own Asiavision Song Contest.

In September 2019, Broadcasting Corporation of Niue (BCN) attempted to gain OABU membership and thus participate independently and make their debut in the Own Asiavision Song Contest 21. A Niuean entry was selected to compete in the contest – Tommy Nee and "Feel" would have been the country's first entry. The entry was rejected from competing as the broadcaster cannot obtain OABU membership due to the island being a constituent territory of New Zealand.

MaliEdit

Flag of Mali Mali has never participated in the Own Asiavision Song Contest.

On 1 July 2020, it was announced that the country would make its debut in the 24th edition . The application was rejected immediately as the country is not a member of the OABU. Some fans also expressed their disagreement for a Malian participation as the country is located in Africa. Later the same day it was confirmed that there was a confusion and the broadcaster intended to confirm its participation in the Own Africavision Song Contest 2 instead.

Other countries Edit

Four countries — Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau— could still participate, but their broadcasters are not members of Own Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

Other countries, which are geographically located in Asia, cannot apply for membership because they are already members of Own European Broadcasting Union. These countries are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Russia and Turkey.

See also Edit

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