1. Does China broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest?
No, at least no Chinese TV Stations broadcasts it live. However, it is possible that the music channel of some TV stations broadcast it months, even years, after each edition, but in China, the viewer rate of music channels is usually low.
2. How do Chinese learn about Eurovision Song Contest?
Mainly from the Internet. Also, Chinese news Agencies do report each year’s Eurovision Song Contest, even though the reports are really brief.
3. Who are the Chinese Eurovision Fans?
The majority of the Chinese Eurovision Fans are actually:
– Football fans of European teams. They come to know Eurovision because it is famous for being “The European Championship in the music world”. Almost every Eurovision fan in China has its favourite European National Football Team or at least a favourite European football club.
– European and US Music Lovers. They come to know Eurovision mainly because some of their favourite singers/bands entered, for example, some fans of Blue (2011 UK Representatives) didn’t learn about Eurovision until 2011 when their favourite enters Eurovision stage.
– European Language Learners. It is a good idea if you find some songs to help you learn a language. For those learning European languages, Eurovision is a good choice. In China there are growing numbers of European language learners such as French, Spanish, Italian, Russian or even Balkan languages. Many people that take Albanian, Bulgarian/Macedonian, Slovenian and Croatian language as its university major fall in love with Eurovision. What they like are native language entries (for example, Korake ti Znam of 2012).
– Ethnic Groups: Large numbers of Eurovision Fans are Uyghurs from Xinjiang as they share similar language and music with the Turkish people. With Turkey and Azerbaijan taking part they keep an eye on Eurovision every year.
4. How do Chinese Eurovision Fans get to listen to the entries?
Entries can be available online and can be easily found or even downloaded. But what does trouble us is our Internet censorship with Great Fire Wall system blocking us from logging onto Youtube, Vimeo and some International Video websites.
5. What’s the taste of Chinese Fans?
Most Chinese people are good at singing but extremely bad at dancing. So we do not prefer songs with rapid rhythm but a slow and tranquil ballad (either traditional or powerful ones). Good examples are Cyprus 2004, Serbia & Montenegro 2004, BiH 2012 and something like UK 2010. However, nowadays more and more youngsters come to prefer heavy metal and Indie Rock songs.
6. The most heard ESC entry in China?
Maybe you can’t even imagine. The most heard Eurovision Song Contest entry in China is L’amour est bleu.
7. How many Eurovision Fans are there in China?
We don’t have an exact number, but we have to say, if we do, it will be very low. We can’t really see any desire for Chinese television services to promote the Contest, so Eurovision Song Contest will continue being, at least in a short term, something mostly unknown by Chinese people.
8. How can we try to promote the ESC in China?
We are taking into consideration the following:
– Upload and introduce more materials of the ESC in large Chinese net communities and websites, especially Western Music theme forums.
– Establish our own formal online forum.
– Promote our blog and twitter (@escfans_china), and try to create our facebook page in the future.
– Promote the ESC in universities, especially foreign language institutes by launching ESC-theme activities.
9. And finally, what are you fans doing these days?
We do have our own online community (http://tieba.baidu.com/f?kw=%C5%B7%D6%DE%B8%E8%B3%AA%B4%F3%C8%FC&tp=0) and we are doing the following under this platform:
– Open special thread for each Eurovision song selection for sharing and discussing.
– Open special thread as soon as an Eurovision entry is defined, and rate it while discussing.
– Every April-May, we ask every users to post their 1-8, 10 and 12 votes, to find out who will be the winner in China. In 2012 Iceland won the most points among us (27 voters participated), and Sweden was placed second. This year we will open the poll in April, and we may attract as much as 35 voters for the voting.
10. Recently, are there any Eurovision competitors visited China?
Yes, in 2011 we had Mika Newton in China while recently Loreen visited China and performed in the HBTV New Year Carnaval Gala.
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