Earlier in the week, Eurovoxx reported that an American edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was being planned for broadcast over the holiday season of 2021. Official confirmation has now been released by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) along with additional details about the format of the contest.
According to the EBU, the American version of the Eurovision Song Contest will consist of a series of 5-10 televised Qualifier Competitions, leading to Semi-Finals and the ultimate primetime Grand Final. Soloists and groups of up to six people will perform original songs, in any genre, and each act will represent one of the 50 states in live, televised shows.
The American Song Contest Academy
Further details have also been released about the role of an ‘academy’ that will precede the main competition. The American Song Contest Academy will constist of a group of music professionals based in the US that represent all genres and backgrounds. The Academy will create juries of artists and music industry notables who, along with the regional audiences, will select the top talent from all 50 states to compete in the final line-up.
The contest will be produced by, among others, Anders Lenhoff and Ben Silverman (who has also served as the producer for shows such as The Office and Big Brother). The team holds a long-term license to run the competition in the US. Mr. Lenhoff has confirmed that the contest will be “open to all singers with a song, whether they are amateur artists or already signed to a major record label“, adding “no one is excluded from the competition“.
Commenting on the new venture for the Eurovision format, Martin Österdahl, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest said “It’s time for America to experience this spectacle through its sister competition, the American Song Contest. We are excited to have found the right partners to offer another series that our fans across the globe can fall in love with and to share this unique competition with the American people”.
America’s Eurovision history:
Reports of an American version of Eurovision first surfaced in 2006, ahead of that year’s contest in Athens, Greece, with reports coming out that NBC had secured the rights to Eurovision in America. One such story was reported on British newspaper Metro However, nothing ever came of this, and American Eurovision was soon shelved.
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