Stars coming out for first ABU TV Song Festival
The inaugural ABU TV Song Festival has attracted a star-studded list of singers for the gala night in Seoul, Korea, on 14 October.
The event at KBS Hall – the headquarters of the host Korean Broadcasting System – will feature Korea’s top K-Pop group, Girl’s Generation.
NHK-Japan has entered Perfume, a girl techno-pop trio with three consecutive number-one albums on the weekly Oricon chart, while CCTV-China has award-winning Emma Cao, whose recent hit “Happy Together” was selected as the 3rd Asian Beach Games theme song.
SBS-Australia will send the internationally famed DJ, singer and dancer Havana Brown whose 2011 hit “We Run the Night” peaked at Number One on the US Hot Dance Club chart. Also in the Pacific region, TVRI-Indonesia has chosen Putri Siagan.
Meanwhile, a trio of male stars who shot to fame in national talent programs will join the festival. MediaCorp Singapore has enlisted Taufik Batisha, winner of the very first Singapore Idol competition in 2004. TVB-Hong Kong has confirmed rising star Alfred Hui, winner of the Award for Highest Popularity on Hong Kong’s “The Voice,” talent program in 2009, while RTM-Malaysia will send Hafiz, winner of TV reality program Akademi Fantasia, who received 46 per cent of over 4.2 million votes.
Rounding out the line-up, MNB-Mongolia has selected veteran female vocalist Naran, whose singing prowess has brought her music to audiences around the world. RTA-Afghanistan has selected folk singer Abdul Hamid Sakhizada.
Other Asia-Pacific broadcasters have also indicated their interest in joining the ABU TV Song Festival, meaning the line-up could grow even larger by October.
The song festival will take place during the 49th ABU General Assembly from 11-17 October and will take the form of a televised, non-competitive celebration of popular music representing the geographical and cultural expanse of the Asia-Pacific region.
More information on the inaugural ABU Television Song Festival and performers can be found here.