Perhaps I should have written my reviews of the qualifiers of the first ABU Radio Song Festival a bit earlier than yesterday. It’s happened now, and we have a winner.
I’m pleased to say Australia’s Danielle Blakey won first place with “Fearless”, which is happily what I awarded it in my reviews. Really lovely song!
Second play went to Brunei’s Maria Aires with her song “The Sweetest Memory”. A pretty ballad, but I don’t know any Malay, so the no-doubt beautiful lyrics were lost on me.
Confusingly for a contest with no points awarded as such, there were two third-place finishers. Trashy but fun K-Town Clan won the bronze for Malaysia with “Party Animal”, while Sammy Ray Jones also got bronze for Vanuatu with the tedious acoustic guitar effort “Rinet”.
Pleased about the winner certainly, and I’m intrigued to see what this contest might grow into next year. I think the Eurovision format is great, and I think the ABU festival could easily benefit from reining in some of the entries. Song length made a big difference for starters, and everyone loves a public vote (unless you’re in an oppressed country).
Even more tantalising is the ABU TV Song Festival, which takes place on Sunday. Contrary to what I said before, Girls Generation are now apparently not representing South Korea, instead leaving it to boyband TVXQ, who Wikipedia assures me are a big deal. Still excited for Perfume representing Japan though. Though goodness knows how the format’s going to work, can I even watch it online??