Today NBC will air the Live Qualifiers Part 2 episode of the inaugural American Song Contest. Earlier the 11 songs taking part tonight were released ahead of the show that will see another eleven acts compete for more places in the Semi-Final, as well as the full televote results from round one!
American Song Contest – Live Qualifiers Part 2
Tonight the second qualifier round from the Universal Studio Lot in California takes place with the help of hosts, Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg. In total 11 states will compete. Below are the states and territories participating and their songs. Once again the jury will save their favourite to advance to the Semi-Final. Meanwhile the remaining acts have to wait to find out which three will advance in the combined public televote through TikTok, online and the NBC App and jury vote.
- Kansas – Broderick Jones (ft. Calio) – ‘Tell Me‘
- Kentucky – Jordan Smith – ‘Sparrow‘
- Maine – King Kyote – ‘Get Out Alive‘
- Montana – Jonah Prill – ‘Fire It Up‘
- Nebraska – Jocelyn – ‘Never Alone‘
- New York – Enisa – ‘Green Light‘
- North Dakota – Chloe Fredericks – ‘Can’t Make You Love Me‘
- Ohio – Macy Gray (feat. The California Jet Club and Maino) – ‘Every Night’
- Oregon – courtship. – ‘Million Dollar Smoothies‘
- U.S. Virgin Islands – Cruz Rock – ‘Celebrando‘
- Virginia – Almira Zaky – ‘Over You‘
Last week Rhode Island’s Hueston and his song, ‘Held On Too Long’ was put forward to the Semi-FInal by the jury. Later tonight we will find out the fate of the remaining acts! Get to know all the participants further in our deep dive here.
The American Song Contest will air on NBC, and begins at 8pm Eastern US time or 1am GMT, 2am CET and 11am AEDT.
The American Song Contest premiered on March 21 and runs for eight weeks on (local) Monday nights. Atlantic Records will publish the songs at midnight in batches during each week. With 56 competitors – spanning the 50 states, 5 territories and Washington D.C, the acts will take part across five qualifying rounds. Each round will contain 11 acts with one round having 12. Following the qualifying rounds, 20 acts plus two wildcards will see a total of 22 acts in the two-part Semi-Finals and the 10 song Grande Finale. There, one state or territory will receive the crown of Best Hit Song on May 9th. Yes, during Eurovision week!
American Song Contest
With the American Song Contest confirmed, the Eurovision brand has crossed 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. As well as this, Logo TV aired Eurovision across the pond from 2016-2018.Plans for the contest were 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 is also involved in the first edition for 2022. Soon after the first announcement, organiser Peter Settman confirmed that multiple broadcasters had an interest in the rights, before NBC eventually secured the rights. Meanwhile 14 international broadcasters are showing the contest, including SVT, RTVE, NRK, among others.
Who are your favourites so far in the American Song Contest? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter, @escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! Also, be sure to follow us on Spotify for the latest music from your favourite Eurovision acts. As well as YouTube to see our reactions to the news in the run up to the 2022 contest in Turin!