There are few events that can match the spectacle and excitement of the Eurovision Song Contest. Now the USA is set to attempt their own brand of Song Contest with The American Song Contest, due to debut Winter 2021. Variety got all the details about the upcoming contest and noted:
““The American Song Contest” will remain similar to the European version. Professional musical artists — solo singers, duos or groups up to six members — from each of the 50 states and across every musical genre will perform all original songs on the live televised event.”
“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.”
There are still many unknowns about the type of talent that the contest will attract – but like Europe, the USA has a very diverse musical culture and has the potential to create a massively eclectic show. The USA has participated in a Eurovision style show before, the OTI Festival, a Spanish-centric Eurovision spin-off that ran from 1972 to 2000 attracting European nations, North American countries, and predominantly South American territorites.
However, whilst we are trying to reserve judgement, The American Song Contest has the potential to be a quite spectacular feat if pulled off well.
You can read the original Variety article here.