From the producers of Eurovision Song Contest and The Voice, American Song Contest (which premieres Monday, March 21 at 8/7c) will aim to “combine the competitive spirit of rooting for your favorite sports team with the joy of watching a live performance of an original song,” according to the official description. The all-live series will run for eight weeks on Monday nights, concluding with the Grand Final on May 9.
The 56 participating artists (all of whom will be announced at a later date) and their songs will represent all 50 states, five U.S. territories and the nation’s capital, as they compete to win the country’s vote for Best Original Song. A solo artist, duo or band will represent each location and perform a new original track throughout three stages of competition: Qualifying Rounds, Semifinals and the ultimate Grand Final, where one state or territory will be declared the winner.
“I have been a fan and love the concept of Eurovision, and am thrilled to bring the musical phenomenon to America,” said current Voice coach and talk show host Kelly Clarkson in a statement. “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.”
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