The Eurovision Song Contest is going stateside as NBC secures the 'American Song Contest' - a co-production between Propagate and Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group.
The show will feature live performances, representing all 50 states, 5 United States territories and the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C, competing to win the country’s vote for the ‘Best Original Song’.
An incredible solo artist, duo, DJ or a band will represent each location performing an original song, celebrating the different styles and genres across America.
The live Contest consists of three rounds as the acts compete in a series of Qualifying Rounds, followed by Semi-Finals and the ultimate Grand Final where one state or territory will emerge victorious.
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, is excited about the new show:
“For 65 years the Eurovision Song Contest has connected people far and wide. As owners of this hugely successful format, we have seen how it has found a place in millions of hearts across Europe and beyond. Now we are excited to have found the perfect partners to share this unique competition and its passionate celebration of music and original songs with the American people.”
Anders Lenhoff, Peter Settman, Christer Björkman and Ola Melzig, producers with the experience of over 20 Eurovision Song Contests between them, acquired the American format rights for Eurovision Song Contest from the EBU and partnered with Propagate to bring Eurovision to the states.
The team of Eurovision gurus add:
“The Eurovision Song Contest is the biggest live music event in the world, and it is a great honour to bring it to the United States and transform our dream of American Song Contest into a reality on NBC. It’s awe-inspiring to stand at the beginning of an American legacy and it doesn’t get more exciting than that.”
American Song Contest is looking for the best original song showcasing an artist’s style and individuality. The submissions process to represent each state or territory is already underway and welcomes all varieties of music including country, dance, electronic, pop, rap, R&B, rock and more.
Interested applicants can apply soon. Watch this space!