American Song Contest

American Song Contest: Week 2 recap

Kentucky's Jordan Smith topped the jury vote with "Sparrow"

Last night, NBC aired the Live Qualifiers Part 2 episode of the inaugural American Song Contest. Earlier the 11 songs taking part 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!

Who qualified from last week?

At the start of the show, the full qualifiers from Week 1 were revealed. At the end of last week’s show, we learned that Hueston from Rhode Island topped the jury vote and therefore automatically qualified.

The jury votes and the public votes were combined with public votes from the NBC mobile app, NBC website, and TikTok.

The jury ranking of the songs were revealed, with the overall qualifiers in bold:

  1. Rhode Island – Hueston – Held On Too Long (jury vote winner)
  2. Oklahoma – AleXa – Wonderland
  3. Arkansas – Kelsey Lamb – Never Like This
  4. Puerto Rico – Christian Pagán – Loko
  5. Connecticut – Michael Bolton – Beautiful World
  6. Mississippi – Keyone Starr – Fire
  7. Minnesota – Yam Haus – Ready To Go
  8. Iowa – Alisabeth Von Presley – Wonder
  9. Wisconsin – Jake’O – Feel Your Own
  10. Wyoming – Ryan Charles – New Boot Goofin’
  11. Indiana – UG skywalkin – Love In My City (feat. Maxie)

American Song Contest – Week two

Last night, the second qualifier round from the Universal Studio Lot in California took place, hosted by Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg.

The following 11 states competed:

  1. Oregon – courtship. – ‘Million Dollar Smoothies’
  2. Montana – Jonah Prill – ‘Fire It Up’
  3. New York – Enisa – ‘Green Light’
  4. Nebraska – Jocelyn – ‘Never Alone’
  5. U.S. Virgin Islands – Cruz Rock – ‘Celebrando’
  6. Kentucky – Jordan Smith – ‘Sparrow’ (jury qualifier)
  7. North Dakota – Chloe Fredericks – ‘Can’t Make You Love Me’
  8. Kansas – Broderick Jones (ft. Calio) – ‘Tell Me’
  9. Virginia – Almira Zaky – ‘Over You’
  10. Maine – King Kyote – ‘Get Out Alive’
  11. Ohio – Macy Gray (feat. The California Jet Club and Maino) – ‘Every Night’

The jury ranked Kentucky’s Jordan Smith first, meaning he immediately advanced to the Semi-Final. Meanwhile, the remaining acts have to wait until next Monday to find out which three will advance.

According to TVLine, ratings for week two peaked at 1.8 million (0.3% audience share), down by 40% from last week’s premiere.

Format

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!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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