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Indonesia in the ABU TV Song Festival

Member station Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI)
Appearances 3
First appearance 2012

The participation of Indonesia in the ABU TV Song Festival has occurred thrice since the inaugural Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI). Maria Calista, Putri and Shella and Tere Cia have all represented the nation at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 festivals respectively.


  • History 1
    • 2012 1.1
    • 2013 1.2
    • 2014 1.3
    • 2015 1.4
  • ABU TV Song Festival 2015 bid 2
  • Contestants 3
  • References 4



TVRI is one of the founder members in the ABU TV Song Festivals, having participated in the very first ABU TV Song Festival 2012.[1] Indonesia was the only country to hold a televised selection process for the first ABU TV Song Festival, the selection called "Goes To Korea: ABU Asia Pacific TV Song Festival 2012 Indonesian Final" was held with six singers competing to represent Indonesia in Seoul. The singers all performed covers of existing songs, the winner was selected by a jury.[2]

Artist Song Result
Maria Calista And I'm Telling You 1
Angeline Situmorang Stand Up For Love
Putri All By Myself
Jeremia Lumbantobing When A Man Loves A Women
Melita Meliala Foolish Games & Listen

In Seoul Maria Calista performed "Karena Ku Sanggup" which was written specifically for the ABU TV Song Festival 2012.


Indonesia once again participated in the ABU TV Song Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam. Indonesia opted for an internal selection putting Putri Saigain who had participated in the 2012 selection together with Shella Tiatira, they were announced along with their song "Mimpiku" on 5 July 2013.[3] At the festival they performed 4th before Vietnam and after Hong Kong.


On 26 June 2014 it was announced that Theresia Hutabarat also known as Tere Cia would represented Indonesia in Macau at the third ABU TV Song Festival.[4] The Indonesian entry "Dimana Hatimu" was revealed on 18 July 2014.[5] On 31 August 2015 Indonesia confirmed their intention to host the 2016 ABU TV Song Festival.[6]


Indonesia confirmed their participation in the 2015 Festival on 5 April 2015.[7] Ahead of the 2015 it was announced that the ABU had selected Indonesia to host the 2016 festival in Jakarta.[8] On 15 September 2015 it was announced that the singer Zahra Damariva would represent Indonesia at the event,[9] her song was announced on 12 September 2015 to be "Tak Kembali".[10]

ABU TV Song Festival 2015 bid

At a press conference held on 18 July 2013 it was announced that Indonesia were submitting a bid to host the ABU TV Song Festival 2015.[11] In recent editions, the TV Festival has been held in the host city of the ABU General Assembly, with Istanbul, Turkey playing host to such assembly in 2015. If the bid were to be successful it would be the first time that the TV Festival has taken place away from the host country of the General Assembly.[12] The 2014 TV Festival is scheduled to take place in Macau, China, in conjunction with the 52nd ABU General Assembly.[12] Indonesia were unsuccessful in their bid for the 2015 Festival with Istanbul, Turkey being announced as the venue for the 4th festival on 20 October 2014.[13]


Year Artist Language Title English translation
2012 Maria Calista Indonesian "Karena Ku Sanggup" Because I Can
2013 Putri and Shella[14] Indonesian "Mimpiku" My Dream
2014 Tere Cia Indonesian "Dimana Hatimu" Where's your heart?
2015 Zahra Damariva Indonesian "Tak Kembali" No Return


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