‘Asian Wave’ Reality Show Hits the Region

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Dragon TV’s ‘Asian Wave’ officially airs in Asia Pacific

'Asian Wave' Regional Press Launch

We hope that this programme will be the beginning of high quality singing contests in Asia. Through the contest, we received keen queries from many record labels and talent agencies about our contestants.

Following the soulful delivery of ‘Hero’ by China contestant, Chang Shi Lei, who is touted as one of the most fascinating multi-faceted musicians the industry has ever seen, Shanghai Dragon TV (under the Shanghai Media Group), in cooperation with over ten top Asian media partners and talent agencies, including TBS and AMUSE in Japan, ASTRO in Malaysia, GMM in Thailand and StarHub in Singapore, officially announce the Asia Pacific launch of the region’s largest reality singing show, ‘Asian Wave’, in Singapore.

A panel of judges and viewers will choose Asia’s ‘Next Super Star’ over the course of 20 rounds of rigorous competition. Contestants on ‘Asian Wave’ are all new solo artistes and upcoming bands. In China, after qualifying rounds broadcast on multiple local channels, which attracted numerous musical celebrities, six finalists emerged. The next stage is the commencement of the regional Asian contest whereby formidable artistes from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and India compete with the Chinese finalists for the ultimate title.    

For the Asian regional contest, the judging panel comprises the highest level of music professionals, including Japan’s ‘Bossa Nova Queen’ Lisa Ono, Korea’s pioneer boy band Shinhwa’s core member Lee Min-woo, India’s ‘Big Sister’ of the popular music industry Anaida, Canto pop legend Alan Tam, Hong Kong’s leading recording artiste Hacken Lee and over twenty top music representatives from the region.

The launch of ‘Asian Wave’ marks the first reality singing show to ever be held across Asia with such scale and reach. The objective of the programme is not only to create a platform of exchange for the region’s top singing artistes, but also to discover a truly representative new Asian singer through stringent, professional-standard, realistic judging.

“We hope that this programme will be the beginning of high quality singing contests in Asia. Through the contest, we received keen queries from many record labels and talent agencies about our contestants,” says Head Director Wang Lei Qing.

‘Asian Wave’ will premiere in Singapore on October 8 on StarHub. It will be simultaneously broadcasted in other Asian countries including Japan, Korea, Thailand and Malaysia.

StarHub is Singapore's fully-integrated info-communication company as well as Singapore’s largest pay-TV operator. Through an offering of up to 180 channels, viewers are able to enjoy 28 high-definition channels and a wide array of programmes.

Singapore’s vocal powerhouse Rachel Chua and the soulful Kevin Tan Weilian are both representing the country at the Asia region finals. Rachel has represented Singapore in Taiwan’s ‘Million Star’ singing contest and was the first runner-up in the ‘TVB International Chinese New Talent Singing Championship.’ Kevin Tan Weilian emerged as the winner of ‘Project SuperStar’ in 2005 out of 4,000 contestants and became a household name in Singapore.

‘Asian Wave’ will air from October 8, every Monday at 8pm on StarHub’s E City Channel
(都会台) (Ch 111/Ch 825). All StarHub subscribers will be able enjoy this most exciting reality singing show.

As a significant player in Singapore’s media industry, MCC is a strategic partner of the Shanghai Media Group (SMG), bringing its top quality content and programmes to overseas markets on a long term basis. For ‘Asian Wave’, MCC was responsible for the selection of contestants from Singapore and Malaysia, invitation of overseas VIPs and liaising with suitable platform for the programme, amongst other areas.

“Through the broadcast of music, ‘Asian Wave’ encourages cultural exchange among Asian countries as well as allows the rich content of China programming to reach viewers overseas. We have high expectations of the progressive development of ‘Asian Wave’ and look forward to it becoming a branded programme in Asia,” said MCC’s Managing Director, Mr. Melvin Ang.
At the conference, Dragon TV’s Vice President, Madam Xu Xiao Yan commented, “Dragon TV aims to continuously push the envelope and provide a platform for realizing dreams. ‘Asian Wave’ has provided professional singers with an opportunity for enrichment and self-improvement.” She also stressed that, “As an original, international programme from China, ‘Asian Wave’ hopes to not only be a trailblazer for Dragon TV in programme format but also to contribute to the music and talent management industries, bringing Chinese and global popular cultures together. We further hope that through the simultaneous broadcast of ‘Asian Wave’ through the region’s top media, we create an international open platform, pool, integrate and synergise resources and together, create a new paradigm for Asia’s cultural entertainment industry.”

About Dragon TV
Dragon TV is one of China’s leading platforms for TV news and programming with a global vision.

By adhering to the philosophy of a channel “built by news, strengthened by films and series and vitalized by entertainment programs”, Dragon TV has become a window into the city of Shanghai and a distinctive satellite TV platform which, among all the provincial satellite TV channels in China, does the best in reflecting real-life and the spirit of the times. At present, Dragon TV distributes television programming to more than ten countries and serves more than 800 million people.

Dragon TV provides round-the-clock broadcasting, including news, films and miniseries, variety and talk shows, lifestyle shows, etc. It is a place which converges the best of SMG’s (Shanghai Media Group) outstanding content. Most notably, news is produced and provided by the SMG TV News Center, films and miniseries are provided by the SMG Drama and Film Center, and regular programs are produced by the channel itself.

Year after year, Dragon TV has enhanced its high-quality line-up, creating major brands around successful programs such as China’s Got Talent, Let’s Shake It, Studio No.1, One in a Hundred and One in a Hundred: Cream of the Crop.

About ‘Asian Wave’
‘Asian Wave’ is Asia’s largest singing competition show. Organized by ten top mainstream media groups, powerful managing firms and entertainment companies, the program seeks out the next generation of Asian pop singers and groups. Those who can survive the decisions of judges and audiences after over 20 rounds will be honoured as the perfect “Asian Wave”. The show is associated with multiple channels and has featured many stars, initiating a new era in Asian competition shows.


  • Listen to the best voices in Asia
  • Witness the birth of Asia’s potential superstars
  • A grand participation by Asian TV media giants

About Shanghai Entertainment Team Media Group
Shanghai Entertainment Team Media Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group, officially started operation on April 1st, 2011. Entertainment Team is an integrated operational platform that covers entertainment content production, television & movie content production and acquisition, advertising management, copyright management, live performance, music industry, database marketing, artist brokerage and other entertainment derivative business.

Taking “content and service centered, regional market expansion and industrial chain extension” as its development strategy, Entertainment Team strives to become one of the leading entertainment content providers, distributors, service operators in Chinese-speaking markets all over the world.

At present, Entertainment Team owns multiple operation departments and subsidiary companies including Dragon TV Center, Advertising Centre, Drama Centre, Entertainment Channel, Channel Young Media, Art Centre, Big Events Centre, SMG Pictures, Wings Media, Starlight Entertainment Management, SUM Entertainment, United Asia Live Entertainment and Shanghai ERA Entertainment. Following the strategic path of “Demutualization, Industrialization, Branding & Internationalization,” Entertainment Team aims at cultivating core competitive advantages, accelerating the integration of entertainment media formation, developing richer entertainment experience for users and becoming a major cultural enterprise that enjoys international influence.

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