Organisers of the inaugural American Song Contest have had to push the show’s launch date back by a month. Rather than starting on February 21, 2022 — the night after the Winter Olympics end — the Eurovision spin-off will premiere on March 21 instead.
That means the multi-part search for the next great American song will have its grand final on Monday May 9. Eurovision fans will note that falls during the week of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first Semi-Final in Turin, Italy is the very next night: Tuesday May 10.
As Deadline reports, America’s Got Talent: Extreme will take American Song Contest’s original time slot. That show made headlines in the fall when it had to shut down filming in the state of Georgia when a stuntman “was crushed between two cars in a daredevil stunt that went wrong.”
Originally set to film in Atlanta and Los Angeles, American Song Contest will now be filmed entirely in Los Angeles. We understand that concentrating the show in one place will make life simpler for producers, who must worry about issues ranging from Covid testing and monitoring to security to the actual broadcast.
American Song Contest 2022
The multi-episode event will include three qualifying rounds, semi-finals and a grand final that picks the Best Original Song.
Last May the spin-off of the wildly popular Eurovision Song Contest officially launched its submissions and casting site, which laid out the scope of the show.
“Based on the Eurovision Song Contest, the biggest music competition in the world with a 65-year history and 200 million viewers per year, American Song Contest will feature live performances of original songs representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation’s capital. Each original song will compete in a LIVE televised event series to win the country’s vote for the Best Original Song.”
“From indie to pop, bands to DJ’s, rap to singer-songwriters, signed or independent, we will be showcasing a diverse array of artists in all genres from across the country.”
Producers were keen to stress the originality of submissions — a point of difference from the plethora of singing competitions that already exist. On the front page of the site they wrote: “No Covers! No Tribute Bands! Original Songs ONLY.”