Two years ago we had heard some rumors about American Song Contest during Eurovision week in Tel Aviv 2019, as of today we finally have a confirmed date for the first edition! The contest will take place during the winter months of 2021, and will feature several rounds leading to a grand final. It'll be a great chance for Eurovision fans who miss Eurovision during the winter. But from a different standpoint, this contest might damage Eurovision's culture and uniqueness.
According to EBU The American version of the Eurovision Song Contest will, as it is currently conceived, position the artists head to head against other states’ representatives in a series of 5-10 televised Qualifier Competitions, leading to Semi-Finals and the ultimate primetime Grand Final.
“The Eurovision Song Contest’s unique legacy dates back 65 years and its worldwide popularity is still rising. It’s time for America to experience this spectacle, through its sister competition, the American Song Contest. Love of music is universal and celebration of music in different genres and styles can transcend boundaries and unite people. 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.”
says Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest.
What about the format ?
The format, as it is currently conceived, will position the artists head-to-head against 50 states’ representatives in a series of televised qualifier competitions, leading to semi-finals and the ultimate primetime Grand Finale March Madness-style. Propagate Content will create The American Song Contest Academy, a group consisting of music professionals based in the U.S. that represent all genres and backgrounds, from which juries of artists and music industry notables who, along with the regional audiences, will select top talent from all 50 states to compete.
Anders Lenhoff, one of Europe’s top creative producers, is joined by Peter Settman, a leading television entrepreneur and producer, Ola Melzig, a renowned television and mega-event producer, and Christer Bjorkman, who famously performed on the Eurovision Song Contest and later became one of its longest-running producers.
To have a chance to use everything you know about the format and redo it from the beginning to bring it to an audience that has no history with it is such a privilege.
says Christer Bjorkman to Variety.
When America is more fractionalized than ever and we are dealing with so many issues that divide us, the only [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.
says Ben Silverman to Variety.
When the contest will officially begin ?
The American Song Contest is set to take place months after the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Eurovision Song Contest is known for having launched the careers of a wide variety of artists, including previous winners Celine Dion and ABBA. Recently, both Justin Timberlake and Madonna released their new singles on the Eurovision stage as interval acts.