Outlook unclear for American Song Contest

NBC is yet to renew the US adaptation of Eurovision Song Contest.

The future of the American Song Contest, the US version of the Eurovision Song Contest, remains unclear with the show yet to be renewed for a second season by NBC.

The ‘state vs state’ contest hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson was broadcast in March 2022 to low ratings. None of the 56 entries made it to the Billboard charts.

Producer Christer Björkman said that negotiations are still ongoing.

“I cannot control how the channel manages to get the message out and how they manage to spread awareness about this program. I can’t do much about that. That’s really a question for them to answer. Are they satisfied with how they got the message out? No, I do not think so. Are they happy with the viewership? No, I don’t think so either. Are they happy that they moved four weeks so they ended up on the same start date as American Idol? No, I don’t think they’re happy with that either.”

But hey, just give it to Will Ferrell, he gets it?

In 2021, SBS confirmed it had finally passed on staging Eurovision Asia following years of regional negotiations.

The American Song Contest screened in Australia (belatedly) on SBS VICELAND.

Source: Wiwibloggs

5 Responses

  1. I really enjoyed the show at first, but it just got so repetitive. In Eurovision we only see each song a maximum of twice. By seeing these songs about three times my husband and I were over it. At least the delayed broadcast meant we could just check out who won without seeing it through!

  2. I think the future was pretty clear the day after when the ratings came in – indeed surprised the original run didn’t get cut short. It’s not got the 60 year history behind it Eurovision has – to US viewers it was a new show in the shadow of the likes of Idol and The Voice (indeed scheduled against Idol IIRC) and didn’t cut through.

    Maybe if they returned it in a slimmed down version with two nights of semi-finals and a final it might stand up better, but can’t see it happening – especially when they have to recruit 50+ songs for it.

  3. I didn’t think much of it as a TV show to be honest, but there were a couple of decent song in the mix. It’s a shame they didn’t resonate and do well commerically.

  4. Didn’t watch, but apparently there was little trace of it being a eurovision linked show and just seemed like any other tv talent competition. It would be interesting to see if it would do better had they leaned into the eurovision brand more. maybe titled it ‘Eurovision: US’

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