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American Song Contest 2022 - Winner

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American Song Contest is a new NBC reality series modelled on the Eurovision Song Contest, which began modestly in 1956 with seven countries and now boasts a roster of forty-four countries and a worldwide audience of 200 million viewers.

Representatives of each of the 50 states, five US territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia will take part in this round-robin tournament to find the best original song in America.

There were plans to develop a US version of Eurovision as early as 2006, with Ben Silverman (then-chairman of production company Reveille) developing the contest for NBC to challenge American Idol. Silverman (currently co-CEO and chairman of production company Propagate) admitted in 2020 that he had been trying to pursue this project for 20 years, including when he was chairman of NBC.

As for “American Song Contest,” the series travels across the country, finding song writers and performers in all 50 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia to compete. That scope presented a challenge during the recent omicron wave of COVID-19, forcing producers to take a breather, but they expect to have the show back in place and live by late March.

On the show, a solo artist, duo or a band will represent each location and perform a new original song. The live competition consists of three rounds as the acts compete in a series of qualifying rounds, followed by the semi finals and the ultimate finale, where a winner will be named.

“American Song Contest” is executive produced by Audrey Morrissey, Anders Lenhoff, Christer Björkman, Peter Settman, Ola Melzig, and Gregory Lipstone alongside Propagate’s Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. Propagate and Universal Television Alternative Studio are behind the show.

“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.

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."

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