We went through four weeks of American song contestand the Eurovision because America has taken our natural rivalries and kicked them up a notch. I heard South Dakota blocked North Dakota on social media! Episode 4 of NBC’s reality singing competition series saw a Latin Lizzo from New Hampshire, The Crystal Method (Nevada) looking and sounding almost unrecognizable from their EDM roots with rock, and Hawaii offering jawaian tunes. But the winner of the night was Washington’s Allen Stone, a competition ringer whose popular sound gives him a pretty solid advantage.
Despite new efforts to spruce up the competition side of things with in-episode polls and an updated jury ranking (both good shots), American song contest fell further in the ratings, largely due to the CMT Awards on CBS and american idol on ABC – three times as many viewers watch American idol. You need to question NBC’s decision to put American song contest versus american idolbecause it looks pretty silly right now.
Will NBC’s big bet translate to us Yankees? Will the interstate rivalries (suck, Washington!) be big enough to attract viewers? Here’s everything we know about American song contest.
American song contest Release date and final date
In its inaugural season, American song contest created on Monday, March 21 at 8/7c on NBC. Episode 5 of American song contest airs Monday, April 18 at 8/7c on NBC. New episodes are two hours long and air on Mondays, with the finale set to air on Monday, May 9.
Where to watch and stream American song contest
American song contest airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on NBC. If you miss the episode that night, you can watch it the next day on NBC.com, Peacock and Hulu, but watch out for spoilers!
Who hosts American song contest?
No big-budget reality show gets the green light without big names as hosts, and NBC has booked Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg (!!) to serve as emcees for American song contest. Clarkson is a multi-hyphenate who rose to fame after winning the first season of american idolrecorded multiple #1 albums, currently coaches on The voiceand won multiple Emmys as the daytime talk show host The Kelly Clarkson Show. Snoop Dogg is a renowned rapper from Long Beach, California, is the owner of Death Row Records and co-host Martha and Snoop’s potluck on VH1.
How it works American song contest Work?
American song contest follows the pattern of Eurovisionone of the most popular reality TV competitions in Europe which pits artists from different countries against each other. American song contest takes representatives from each of the 50 states, plus Washington, DC, and five US territories. Each act will consist of a solo performer or a group of up to six members, and will perform an original song during the qualifying rounds before the winners advance to the semi-finals and then the final.
Winners will be determined by a mix of fan/audience voting and a judging panel of music professionals. The vote is weighted to give each state equal voting power. It’s not about winning the popular vote, it’s about winning as many states as possible, and the system prevents more populous states, like California and Texas, from dominating the vote.
There will be five weeks of qualifying rounds, with 11 or 12 artists performing in each of the first five episodes. At the end of each of the qualifying rounds episodes, one act passes through a jury vote, but the others may also pass as fan and jury votes are tallied throughout the contest. Three more acts from each episode will advance based on fan and jury voting.
The semi-finals will see 20 acts (four from each of the five episodes) perform over two episodes. As a bonus, a special “Redemption Artist” – an act that gets a second chance – will be added to each episode for a total of 11 artists for each semi-final, and five artists will advance from each episode. The grand finale will see 10 artists compete for the title of Best Original Song.
Eurovision is famous for its spectacle, with elaborate sets and costumes, and American song contest brings that vibe. Performers are encouraged not just to write a hit song, but to pull off a great, memorable visual performance.
How can I vote for songs in American song contest?
Voting takes place during and after each episode on the NBC app, NBC.com and TikTok. Voting for artists ends at 7 a.m. ET on Wednesday after their episode airs.
American song contest Competitors for each state and territory: who played, who moved on and who got eliminated
On March 3, NBC released contestants from every U.S. state, U.S. territory, and Washington DC, for a total of 56 acts competing for the Best Original Song award. As promised, it’s a combination of well-known acts, like Jewel (Alaska), Michael Bolton (Connecticut) and Macy Gray (Ohio), and others you’ve probably never heard of.
Here is the full list:
- Alabama: Ni/Co – Performed in Episode 3; advanced to semi-finals on fan vote in episode 4
- Alaska: Jewel – Performed in Episode 3
- American Samoa: Tenelle
- Arizona: Las Marias – Performed in Episode 4
- Arkansas: Kelsey Lamb – Performed in Episode 1
- California: sweet taboo
- Colorado: Riker Lynch – Portrayed in Episode 3; advanced to semi-finals on fan vote in episode 4
- Connecticut: Michael Bolton – Portrayed in Episode 1; advanced to semi-finals on fan vote in episode 2
- Delaware: Nitro Nitra – Performed in Episode 3
- Florida: Ale Zabala – Performed in Episode 3
- Georgia: Stela Cole – Performed in Episode 4
- Guam: Jason J.
- Hawaii: Bronson Varde – Performed in Episode 4
- Idaho: Andrew Sheppard
- Illinois: Justin Jesso
- Indiana: UG skywalkin – Performed in Episode 1
- Iowa: Elisabeth Von Presley – Played in episode 1
- Kansas: Broderick Jones – Portrayed in Episode 2; advanced to semi-finals on fan vote in episode 3
- Kentucky: Jordan Smith – Portrayed in Episode 2; advanced to semi-finals on jury vote in episode 2
- Louisiana: Brittany Pfantz – Portrayed in Episode 3
- Maine: King Kyote – Played in Episode 2
- Maryland: Sisqo
- Massachusetts: Jared Lee – Played in Episode 4
- Michigan: Ada LeAnn
- Minnesota: Yam Haus – Performed in Episode 1
- Mississippi: Keyone Starr – Performed in Episode 1
- Missouri: Brett Seper
- Montana: Jonah Prill – Portrayed in episode 2; advanced to semi-finals on fan vote in episode 3
- Nebraska: Jocelyn – Performed in Episode 2
- Nevada: The Crystal Method – Performed in Episode 4
- New Hampshire: MARi – Performed in Episode 4
- New Jersey: Brooke Alexx – Played in Episode 3
- New Mexico: Khalisol
- New York: ENISA – Performed in Episode 2
- North Carolina: John Morgan
- North Dakota: Chloe Fredericks – Portrayed in Episode 2; advanced to semi-finals on fan vote in episode 3
- Northern Mariana Islands: Sabyu – Performed in Episode 3
- Ohio: Macy Gray – Performed in Episode 2
- Oklahoma: Alexa – Portrayed in Episode 1; advanced to semi-finals on fan vote in episode 2
- Oregon: courtship display. – Performed in Episode 2
- Pennsylvania: Bri Steves – Played in Episode 4
- Puerto Rico: Christian Pagán – Portrayed in Episode 1; advanced to semi-finals on fan vote in episode 2
- Rhode Island: Hueston – Performed in Episode 1; advanced to semi-finals on jury vote in episode 1
- South Carolina: Jesse LeProtti – Played in Episode 3
- South Dakota: Judd Hoos – Performed in Episode 3
- Tennessee: Tyler Braden – Portrayed in Episode 3; advanced to semi-finals on jury vote in episode 3
- Texas: Grant Knoche – Performed in Episode 3; advanced to semi-finals on fan vote in episode 4
- US Virgin Islands: Cruz Rock – Performed in Episode 2
- Utah: Savannah Keyes – Played in Episode 4
- Vermont: Josh Panda
- Virginia: Almira Zaky – Played in Episode 2
- Washington: Allen Stone – Portrayed in Episode 4; advanced to semi-finals on jury vote in episode 4
- Washington, DC: NËITHER – Portrayed in Episode 4
- West Virginia: Alexis Cunningham – Performed in Episode 4
- Wisconsin: Jake’O – Portrayed in Episode 1
- Wyoming: Ryan Charles – Performed in Episode 1
Can I get the music from American song contest?
Absolutely. Atlantic Records has partnered with NBC to release the songs featured in the contest, beginning at midnight Eastern Time the nightly episodes air. The songs are available anywhere you can stream music, NBC says, including Spotify and Apple Music.