Something extra for the Eurovision season! The ‘American Song Contest’ will premiere on Monday 21 February 2022. US broadcaster NBC will premiere the contest with a two-hour primetime show.
‘American Song Contest’
The American Song Contest will consist of more shows than the Eurovision Song Contest normally does. Before the USA crown their winner in a Grand Final, they not only get semi-finals, but also three qualifying rounds to determine who’s progressing.
Having extra shows is presumably down to the amount of participants set to take part in the contest. All fifty states in the USA will take part, as well as Washington D.C. as a district. Furthermore, five U.S. territories will also be taking part. They are American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico. That means a total of 56 entries will enter the contest.
The series will be produced by Propagate in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio. (a division of Universal Studio Group)
No details have yet been released on the timings of the shows or when/if the participating states/territories will present their entries prior to the show. We also await news of where in the USA the show will be hosted.
A whole new world…
With the American Song Contest confirmed, the Eurovision brand is crossing the Atlantic in a massive way. Of course, Netflix released a surprise hit film about the contest, titled Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga in 2020. You can read our team’s thoughts on the movie here.
Plans for the contest had been in the making for a while, with Christer Björkman announcing in March that talks were ongoing. The first reports about the ideas came out in May 2019, with both Björkman and Ola Melzig hosting a press conference. Ola Melzig will also be involved in the first edition for 2022. Soon after the first announcement, organiser Peter Settman confirmed that multiple broadcasters were interested in the rights. This presumably included NBC, who have ended up landing the gig.
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