Uh oh. Not for the first time, the US has set its sights on an American version of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The American Song Contest to debut in late 2021, will pit state vs. state in a singing contest as
solo singers, duos or groups up to six members.
Voting is yet to be clarified by there are also 6 timezones to contend with. Propagate Content will oversee juries of artists and music industry notables who, along with audiences, will select top talent from all 50 states to compete.
A network is yet to be announced, although Viacom has previously been aligned to the concept. A state vs state contest was previously flagged in 2017 and as far back as 2008.
The European Broadcasting Union has long had its sights set on a US model and the news follows a recent Netflix movie, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
Producer Christer Björkman said, “Eurovision has been a dream project ever since I was a child.
“To have a chance to use everything you know about the format and redo it from the beginning and to bring it to an audience that has no history with it is such a privilege.”
Executive producer Ben Silverman who successfully adapted The Office, Big Brother and The Weakest Link said, “I’ve spent 20 years trying to pursue this.
“When I was chairman of NBC, when I was an agent at William Morris and when I started at Reveille. I just love the format.
“When America is more fractionalized than ever and we are dealing with so many issues that divide us, the one [thing] that truly unites us is our culture. … It can unite it by celebrating its diversity, its distinctions and in pulling everyone around its love of music and its love of song.”
Meanwhile, the Eurovision Asia Song Contest was due to be staged by SBS in 2017.