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Fifty-five 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 53 countries participated in the twenty-forth 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. In the twenty-forth edition, a quarter-final was introduced. The 5 lowest-placed countries from each semi-finals in the previous edition have to participate in the quarter-final.

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

Participants[]

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

Country Debut Entries Wins Broadcaster
Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan
#03
19
0
RTA
Flag of Australia.svg Australia
#01
25
0
SBS
Flag of Bahrain.svg Bahrain
#14
9
0
BRTC
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
#09
12
0
BTV
Flag of Bhutan.svg Bhutan
#08
10
0
BBS
Flag of Brunei.svg Brunei
#01
19
0
RTB
Flag of Cambodia.svg Cambodia
#10
12
1
TVK
Flag of China.svg China
#01
23
2
CCTV
Flag of East Timor.svg East Timor
#10
11
0
RTTL
Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji
#06
20
1
FTV
Flag of French Polynesia.svg French Polynesia
#18
6
0
SBC
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong
#01
16
1
RTHK
Flag of India.svg India
#01
19
1
DDI
Flag of Indonesia.svg Indonesia
#01
24
0
TVRI
Flag of Iran.svg Iran
#05
16
0
IRIB
Flag of Iraq.svg Iraq
#01
17
0
IMN
Flag of Japan.svg Japan
#01
22
1
NHK
Flag of Jordan.svg Jordan
#02
21
1
JRTV
Flag of Kiribati.svg Kiribati
#24
2
0
BPA
Flag of Kuwait.svg Kuwait
#14
9
0
KTV
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Kyrgyzstan
#01
20
0
KTRK
Flag of Laos.svg Laos
#01
25
1
LNTV
Flag of Macau.svg Macau
#11
10
0
TDM
Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia
#01
25
1
RTM
Flag of Maldives.svg Maldives
#07
11
0
TVM
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia
#01
20
1
MNB
Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
#01
17
0
MRTV
Flag of Nepal.svg Nepal
#01
21
0
NTV
Flag of New Caledonia.svg New Caledonia
#21
5
0
TNC
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
#01
14
0
TVNZ
Flag of North Korea.svg North Korea
#06
17
0
KCTV
Flag of Oman.svg Oman
#14
10
1
SOT
Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan
#01
20
0
PTV
Flag of Palestine.svg Palestine
#07
16
1
PBC
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea
#01
19
0
NBC/PNG

Flag of Philippines.svg Philippines

#03
19
1
PBS
Flag of Qatar.svg Qatar
#10
12
1
QMC
Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa
#18
8
0
SBC
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia
#07
16
0
SAB/SAR
Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore
#03
18
0
SBC
Flag of Solomon Islands.svg Solomon Islands
#14
7
0
SIBC

Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea

#01
24
4
KBS
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
#01
18
1
SLBC
Flag of Syria.svg Syria
#01
16
0
SATRBC
Flag of Taiwan.svg Taiwan
#01
18
2
TTV
Flag of Tajikistan.svg Tajikistan
#02
19
0
TVT
Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand
#01
25
0
NBT
Flag of Tonga.svg Tonga
#15
7
0
TBC
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg Turkmenistan
#01
23
0
TTV
Flag of Tuvalu.svg Tuvalu
#23
3
0
TMD

Flag of United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates

#01
24
1
MBC
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Uzbekistan
#11
15
1
MRTK
Flag of Vanuatu.svg Vanuatu
#21
3
0
VBTC
Flag of Vietnam.svg Vietnam
#01
23
0
VTV
Flag of Yemen.svg Yemen
#12
14
1
YTV

Unsuccessful attempts to participate[]

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.

Niue[]

Flag of Niue.svg 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.

Mali[]

Flag of Mali.svg 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 had been a confusion and the broadcaster intended to confirm its participation in the Own Africavision Song Contest 2 instead.

Other countries[]

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[]

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