United States set for its own Eurovision Song Contest in 2021

Lawrence Kim
August 8, 2020

Coming to US TV during the 2021 holiday season, according to Variety, the American Song Contest will be similar in format to the European version, only competitors will represent states instead of separate countries.

The show is set to take place during the 2021 holiday season and just months after the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

In the run-up to the live shows, Propagate and the American Song Contest production team will launch The American Song Contest Academy, a group of USA -based music professionals representing multiple genres who will gather juries of artists and music industry figures, who will join with regional audiences to select the top talent from all 50 states.

The states' representatives will then face off in a series of televised Qualifier Competitions, leading to Semi-Finals and the ultimate primetime Grand Final.

After six decades of massive TV viewership, and launching such superstars as ABBA, Julio Iglesias, Lordi and Celine Dion, the American version of the show will invite groups of up to six members, solo singers and duos to perform original songs on the series.

The American Song Contest Academy will be formed by Propagate Content, a group made up of music professionals based in America that represent all genres and backgrounds. "Eurovision has been a dream project ever since I was a child", Björkman tells Variety, who moved behind the scenes as contest producer and creative director.

"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". "Bringing The American Song Contest and the Eurovision brand to the United States is an incredibly ambitious project, but one worth doing, since we think these inherent values are intrinsic to uniting a fractional America through its greatest export and global impact... culture!"

Martin Österdahl, executive supervisor, Eurovision Song Contest, said: "The Eurovision Song Contest's unique legacy dates back sixty five years and its worldwide popularity is still rising". "When I was chairman of NBC, when I was an agent at William Morris and when I started at Reveille".

America's version will be spearheaded by producer Anders Lenhoff, who will be joined by producing partners Peter Settman, Ola Melzig and Christer Bjorkman.

Silverman points to the unifying power of the show and how its arrival couldn't be better-timed.

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