Could Eurovision be making it’s way across the pond to the United States? This all looks very likely as American magazine Variety has reported that The American Song Contest will is coming to America in 2021!
It has been revealed that the American Song Contest will stay true to the original; soloists and groups of up to six people will be allowed to perform original songs, in any genre, and each act will represent one of the 50 states in live, televised shows. Just like the original, there will be semi finals leading up to a big grand finale.
The company Propagate Content will create The American Song Contest Academy. This will be a group of music professionals from across the U.S. who represent a variety of different backgrounds and music genres. They will work alongside current artists, notable members of the music industry and regional audiences to select the competing acts from all 50 states.
Christer Björkman, Sweden’s 1992 representative, contest producer and creative director for many Eurovision contests has also weighed in on The American Song Contest: “To have a chance to use everything you know about the format and redo it from the beginning and to bring it to an audience that has no history with it is such a privilege.”
The contest is expected to be produced by Anders Lenhoff and Ben Silverman, who has also served as producer for shows such as The Office and Big Brother. Silverman has said of the contest coming to America: “When America is more fractionalised than ever, and we are dealing with so many issues that divide us, the one thing that truly unites us is our culture. It can unite it by celebrating its diversity, its distinctions and in pulling everyone around its love of music and its love of song.”
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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