Eurovision is often called the Olympics of music. So it’s fitting that its Stateside spinoff would make its next big announcement during the biggest sporting event on the U.S. calendar. As Super Bowl fans waited for the halftime show to kick off, NBC unveiled its hosts for the American Song Contest — Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg.
Watch the announcment in the trailer below.
Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg to host American Song Contest
The rapper behind hits like “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, “Buttons” and “California Gurls” says “I am honored to host American Song Contest alongside my lil sis Kelly Clarkson, aka Miss Texas. 🎤🎬👊🏾👊🏾”.
Meanwhile, Grammy-winner Clarkson adds “I have been a fan and love the concept of Eurovision and am thrilled to bring the musical phenomenon to America. I’m so excited to work with Snoop and can’t wait to see every state and territory represented by artists singing their own songs”.
The American Song Contest: What we know so far
The American take on Eurovision will showcase live and original music performances from the 50 U.S. states, five U.S. territories and the capital. They’ll all be competing to secure “America’s next great hit”. The competition will consist of three rounds: qualifying heats, semi-finals and the grand final.
The NBC series will premiere on 21 March from the NBCUniversal lot — the same location as The Voice. The series will run for eight weeks on Monday nights, with the grand final scheduled for May 9, just ahead of Eurovision 2022.
The 56 acts will be revelaed at a later date.
The Emmy-winning talk show host and Grammy Award-winning artist won the first series of American Idol twenty years ago. She’s gone on to become a global star, notching up worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 40 million singles. Her hits include “Since U Been Gone”, “Because Of You”, “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Underneath The Tree”. She also worked with Spain’s Eurovision 2020 and 2021 singer Blas Cantó on “I Dare You”. Earlier in February she covered Duncan Laurence’s Eurovision 2019 winning song “Arcade”.
Snoop Dogg has been multi-platinum rapper for nearly three decades. He has released 19 studio albums, sold over 40 million albums worldwide, reached number one countless times on Billboard charts internationally and has received 20 Grammy nominations. In addition to collaborating with the likes of Katy Perry and the Pussycat Dolls, he’s also previously joined forces with Eurovision icons Twiins (Slovakia 2011).
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