Ever since its conception, the American Song Contest has given Eurofans a lot to talk about. Between speculation over its format to the revelation that Simon Cowell might already be working on a rival, people have been keen to dissect every detail. And recently legendary Eurovision technical director Ola Melzig gave us a lot more to chew on when discussing his tantalising proposal for the United States.
In an interview with former Czech Head of Delegation Jan Bors for his Humans of Eurovision series, the technical director of 13 Eurovision finals detailed not only the fact that they are close to securing an American network to air the show, but also the proposed format.
While the discussions are still ongoing, Ola explained how the contest could take shape.
Each state will have the right to determine how to select their artist and song for the main contest, be it a statewide final or an internal selection. The main Americavision show would take place in 5 “heats” of 10 states each, competing for 4 spots for the next round. The 20 states that advance will be organized into 2 semi-finals. Five states will qualify for the final from each semi, which means 10 states will battle for the American Song Contest trophy.
The format of the voting will vary as the show progresses. In the heats, they will use a system similar to Melodifestivalen. In the semi-finals and the grand final, however, the voting process will be identical to the one in Eurovision.
The contest, which has a tentative start date for the end of 2021 or Spring of 2022, has the aim of featuring unknown and rising artists, found with the help of various record labels. This means no Madonna or Justin Timberlake to be found competing! However, they have a window of time where they would like to have each state be in complete charge of selecting their entries.
One of the big prizes for the triumphant act of The American Song Contest could be a feature as the interval act at the following Eurovision. At the same time, the winner of Eurovision 2021 will be an interval act in the sister contest in the States.
But all of that needs a network to support it — and Ola says that there’s no shortage of interested channels. To this day, about 10 TV networks have shown an interest in the new contest’s rights and, by the end of 2020, the winning TV network will be confirmed.
Gears are turning all the way across the Atlantic and we can’t wait!
What do you think? Do you like the sound of the American Song Contest? Do you know of an unknown rising star? Let us know in the comments below!