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American Song Contest finally set to premiere next month

By | Published on Tuesday 15 February 2022

American Song Contest

The long threatened American Song Contest looks like it will finally hit TV screens this spring, with Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg hosting. The spin-off from the long-running Eurovision Song Contest, and will see performers from all 50 US states, five US territories and the capital, Washington DC, compete. Unlike Eurovision, it will run as an eight week series.

“I am honoured to host ‘American Song Contest’ alongside my lil sis Kelly Clarkson, aka Miss Texas”, says Snoop Dogg.

Clarkson adds: “I have been a fan and love the concept of Eurovision and am THRILLED to bring the musical phenomenon to America. I’m so excited to work with Snoop and can’t wait to see every state and territory represented by artists singing their own songs”.

Broadcaster NBC explains the set-up thus: “An incredible solo artist, duo or a band will represent each location and perform a new original song, celebrating the depth and variety of different styles and genres across America. The live competition consists of three rounds as the artists compete in a series of qualifying rounds, followed by the semi-finals and the ultimate grand final where one state or territory will emerge victorious”.

Plans for the American Song Contest were announced in 2019 by the Nordic Entertainment Group – owner of the US rights to the Eurovision format – and the show was originally slated to begin airing in 2021. Further delays have seen it pushed back a number of times, but now it has been officially announced to premiere on 21 Mar.

Actual Eurovision will, of course, take place in May. And I suspect that nothing in the US reimagining of the show will come close to matching this year’s Latvian entry: