After much anticipation, Monday night was finally the night for the American Song Contest to debut, with the acts from heat one taking the stage.

The 11 competitors each brought something different to try and get viewers’ attention and votes. As with Eurovision, voting for your own state/territory is not allowed.

The singers were all hoping to do their states/territories proud and book a spot in the semi-finals.

The shows are being broadcast on NBC at 20:00 EDT (01:00 CET) on Monday nights (Tuesday morning in Europe).

Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dog are on hosting duty.

American Song Contest Heat One

Competing acts

  • Arkansas: Kelsey Lamb – “Never Like This”
  • Connecticut: Michael Bolton – “Beautiful World”
  • Indiana: UG skywalkin ft. Maxie – “Love in My City”
  • Iowa: Alisabeth Von Presley – “Wonder”
  • Minnesota: Yam Haus – “Ready to Go”
  • Mississippi: Keyone Starr – “Fire”
  • Oklahoma: AleXa – “Wonderland”
  • Puerto Rico: Christian Pagán – “Loko”
  • Rhode Island: Hueston – “Held On Too Long”
  • Wisconsin: Jake’O – “Feel Your Love”
  • Wyoming: Ryan Charles – “New Boot Goofin'”

Results

Four acts will ultimately qualify from heat one.

The professional jury selected one qualifier during the live programme. This was Hueston from Rhode Island.

The public now have three days to vote for their favourites and select three other acts to advance.

Are you happy to see Hueston qualify from heat one of the American Song Contest? Who do you think the public should throw their support behind? Let us know in the comments below!

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Aaron
Aaron
3 months ago

Does anyone know how the voting will work in their grand final???
I mean 56 states and territories isnt going to be translate to to the eurovision final format tbh

James
James
3 months ago
Reply to  Aaron

The show will air live across all timezones for the final, with everyone being able to vote live. There’s no word yet on how the results will be announced by producers confirmed that they’ll things differently with how they will announce the points to accommodate all 56 states/territories without going overtime.

Nils
Nils
3 months ago

Okay, this will most likely offend many, but let’s be honest: It’s easier to impress a 60 year old Montenegrinian house wife than to impress a 60 year old American house wife who has watched 40+ years of Super Bowl half time shows. And in general, the US audience is used to much higher production standards than Europeans are used to from their respective broadcasters. Yet, NBC is wrong if they think it would be sufficient to just imitate the principles of a super large pan-continental (or in this case just nation-wide) music contest. It naturally lacks the background of… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Nils
Nils
Nils
3 months ago
Reply to  Nils

I really should have written ‘therefore’ instead of ‘yet’.

Last edited 3 months ago by Nils
tomtomtom
tomtomtom
3 months ago

This show will have little interest unless the winner gets to compete in Eurovision.

Aslo
3 months ago

Were you able to see contest?

Eli Grant Weinmann
Eli Grant Weinmann
3 months ago

I’m not surprised by the viewing figures, since we’re in the age of streaming, and the show was heavily promoted for Peacock as well. I really wanted the show to be more like Melodifest, but it felt bloated and long. There’s a lack of glitz and glamor that you expect to see in Melodifestivalen. That’s why I was excited to see Kelly Clarkson host, he’s already a talk show host that sings everyday. Snoop is still a mystery to me.

Azuro
Azuro
3 months ago

The viewing figures will probably pick up when one or more of the Big 5 (California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois) competes.

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
3 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

No big 5 in the USA. None of that corruption. California needs to compete fairly with the smallest states.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
3 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

that idea of ASC having a big five is hilarious to me. Yeah…no. That would immediately be declared unfair and they wouldn’t get away with that.

Michael BREYETTE
Michael BREYETTE
3 months ago

As expected, an Americanized ESC would be bad. I knew they’d fill it with “meet the artist” crap and their hard luck sympathy stories and it’d be less about the songs. Add in boring hosts and a 1000 commercials and you’ve got 33 minutes of music spread over 2 hours.

Charles
Charles
3 months ago

We couldn’t expect anything else when Christer Björkmann is envolved. I am still waiting for this thing turn political the only way America does best … red vs blue … white vs every other color … Christian vs Any other religion, liberal vs conservative etc.

Jake
Jake
3 months ago

Ranked last among the big 4 networks in the time period…got slightly more than half of the viewers American Idol got in the time period…lost nearly a third of its adult audience from the first quarter to the last…it did trend in the US on Twitter, but that’s going to solve its audience issues…not sure why they aired this opposite American Idol and not try it out in the summer…it didn’t feel nowhere the level of Eurovision except for the Swedish-penned song LOL

Pikachu
Pikachu
3 months ago
Reply to  Jake

They only count cable views; not streaming, views on peacock, or international views. As in it’s a lot higher. 2.90 million is really not bad though seeing as most people don’t watch cable anymore

Jake
Jake
3 months ago
Reply to  Pikachu

this was not on cable…this was on free television in the US…NBC is like BBC1 or RTVE or ZDF

Pikachu
Pikachu
3 months ago
Reply to  Jake

still TV broski. it’s basic cable or whatever idk. but yes it’s a channel everyone has for ‘free’. my point was most watched it on their TV and they don’t track viewship via streams or from Non NBC sources like NRK

A D
A D
3 months ago
Reply to  Jake

It still requires that you have some type of cable package, which still costs money. I don’t have any cable (I purely stream) and there was no way to legally watch this live. My only choice was waiting until the next day when it was available free on their streaming platform.

Matt Church
Matt Church
3 months ago

It’s fine if you look at it through the lens of a national final….certainly not the Eurovision Grand Final despite the name….. the ratings were meh…. we will see if it gets viral

Polegend Godnova
3 months ago

good show and good songs, but the juries predictably chose a dud haha

Azuro
Azuro
3 months ago

I know lol, they emulated the lunacy of the jury voting perfectly. That bit they got spot on

Europotato
Europotato
3 months ago

Arkansaawwwwww was great. My favourite and Wyoming “nuew boot geeoofin “

Kalla
Kalla
3 months ago

How are people in the UK watching?

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

I’m not in the UK, but NBC have put all of last night’s songs up on YouTube.

Lolek
Lolek
3 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

Not sure if you are wanting to watch live (it is quite late your time, around 1 to 3 am). If so, it is streamed live on a small local Canadian station (CHCH), though not sure if it is blocked in Europe: https://www.chch.com/live/

Edmond Yamolo for ESC 2023
Edmond Yamolo for ESC 2023
3 months ago

do you think minnesota or wisconsin will qualify?

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

Wisconsin, maybe. Minnesota, definitely not.

ASC winner at ESC
ASC winner at ESC
3 months ago

Seems like 2.9 million people watched the ASC premiere live in the US. Does anyone famous with television in the US know if this is a good number or not? Does it show a upcoming success or a flop?

Tejayes
Tejayes
3 months ago

The numbers weren’t great, but not completely hopeless for a new program directly competing against American Idol. We’ll see how future episodes fare.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Tejayes

Views in the millions strikes me as a good start, but I don’t know ratings that well. We ARE a big country.

James
James
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

It’s the demo that counts the most. Both hours of ASC registered a 0.5 in Adults 18-49, which is okay at best considering ratings in American broadcast has long been fractional. It has to settle more or less within that range to have a shot at renewal by May.

American Idol, in its 20th season is still doing impressive, I gotta admit. It’s far from the 20 million it used to command at its peak but it’s still doing decently for a show that’s been around for as long as it has.

Polegend Godnova
3 months ago
Reply to  Tejayes

ouch, not asc competing directly against katy perry’s american idol… could’ve picked another day smh

James
James
3 months ago

NBC’s schedule for its other nights are too apcked to move it elsewhere. Saturday is a possibility but it is considered a death night in American TV, usually filled with encores, crime documentaries and episodes of canceled shows being burned off.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
3 months ago

So the BIG monday night shows that are considered successful usually rake somewhere between 5 or 6 million views I think? At least, when comparing it to other shows that night. Keep in mind these shows are like, the dramas that have been going on multiple seasons and a lot of them aren’t live or reality TV.

American TV in general though is dying. People these days favor streaming services over cable and live TV.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
3 months ago

Maybe the audience will pick up once of the big states started competing.

Tejayes
Tejayes
3 months ago

As an American fan of Eurovision, I had high hopes when I heard that the Eurovision format was coming to America… then low hopes when I heard that NBC got it. I’ve always disliked the production that NBC has given to The Voice, America’s Got Talent, and especially The Olympics, among their other shows. No matter the show, there is always too much emphasis on pointless human interest sob stories, wonky editing, and needless over-production. After watching the first episode, my fears were somewhat realized. I will say that the songs and singers themselves were pretty decent overall, certainly not… Read more »

poe-tay-toe chips
poe-tay-toe chips
3 months ago
Reply to  Tejayes

as a fellow american….how do you expect that to work? States can’t have their own selections since stare broadcasting channels do not really exist.

Tejayes
Tejayes
3 months ago

True, but there are individual NBC affiliates, many of which have their own programming already. It may be possible to have statewide selection shows across affiliates of each state when NBC programming is basically junk or repeats anyway (Friday/Saturday nights or even weekend afternoons). It’ll be tricky, though, with a lot of affiliates crossing state lines (especially in the cases of Delaware and New Jersey which don’t have their own affiliates but share with New York, Philadelphia, and Salisbury, MD). My own fantasy American Song Contest forgets the states entirely and competes across the American television market areas. This would… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Tejayes
James
James
3 months ago
Reply to  Tejayes

One state have more than one network affiliate. The logistics would be a lot more messier especially if you’re only launching a new show.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

Is there any chance of a Conchita or Tone Sekelius next year?

Is there anything close this year?

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

An Achille Lauro or Big Daddy Karsten would also be nice.

Thomas Sturley
3 months ago

I honestly thought Iowa was great.

sam
sam
3 months ago

really hoping wyoming makes it through, such a fun eurovisiony performance and song. i really loved it

sam
sam
3 months ago
Reply to  sam

and honestly though i think every single act is deserving of a spot in the final. curious to see what happens with michael bolton, would be kind of ironic if he doesnt qualify

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Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

How do they stop people voting for their own song?

Patrick
Patrick
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

You can only vote with a NBC profile. There they ask for your zipcode. I’ll see if I can vote for the Texan song when that comes up.
You can give every song that has performed up to 10 points through a slider, perhaps they won’t let you do that when the zipcode connected to your profile is in that certain state.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Is it the honour system?

Ali
Ali
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

when you create an account to vote, you have to enter your ZIP code.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Ali

Thank you.

Kevin M
Kevin M
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I don’t think viewers are actually prohibited from voting for their own state in this show. The jurors are prohibited, though.

The televote works different from Eurovision. Instead of having a pool of 20 votes to split between your favorite artists, you rate each artist 0 to 10. So you are kind of encouraged to give some points to every song you enjoyed. There’s nothing stopping you from giving 10 points to every artist.

“State pride” really isn’t a big thing here, outside of a few southern states.

Last edited 3 months ago by Kevin M
Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Kevin M

Thank you. Voting is also free, so that probably makes a difference too.

Ffgsg
Ffgsg
3 months ago

Why the heck was Alexa performing second

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Ffgsg

That old running order thing doesn’t mean anything, especially when it’s a new competition.

Daniel Brown
3 months ago

The best part was the contestants talking about their state and themselves which was fun and interesting. Unfortunately the performances were marred by epileptic fit-inducing flashy visuals and half-naked women shaking their butts in your face. Glad the winner was a simple working class dude sitting on a stool singing without the bells and whistles. Terrible, boring, chemistry-less hosting by Snoop and Kelly.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

I think this is a promising start! My three favorites were Puerto Rico, Indiana, and Oklahoma, but Rhode Island more than deserved the jury pass.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Of course, hard-in-the-paint Eurovision fans were teeing themselves up to hate this anyway and American newspapers don’t seem to understand that Eurovision is more than just goofy novelty acts so they’re saying it’s boring. Sigh. You can’t win.

Ellie
Ellie
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Americans are often exposed to Eurovision via British sources for obvious reasons. Most people I’ve seen who know of it but don’t really follow it parrot the tired tropes: wacky, not real music, it’s all political and so on. The good news is that’s still an extremely small number of people overall, so there’s a lot of room to reach those who have no preconceived notions of what ESC or ASC should be. But much of the American music press has a very narrow view of what is quality music and would rather come up with dismissive insults than admit… Read more »

ogi
ogi
3 months ago
Reply to  Ellie

i am exhausted of the brits and thier “we’re used to getting zero points cuz nobody likes us”, while they’re the ones sending crap songs 9/10 times. when i sit americans down to watch eurovision, they’re all like “oh, can’t wait for next year” because they didn’t realize how serious the whole thing is…

harv
harv
3 months ago

my fave was by farrr AleXa, but why was she not singing live at all? i don’t get it

poe-tay-toe chips
poe-tay-toe chips
3 months ago

So from what I’m seeing online in social media, I think it’s safe to assume that Oklahoma and Connecticut are qualifying.

Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Wyoming are pretty much battling for that final spot.

…As fun as new boot goofin’ is, I hope one of the other two gets it because it’d be kind of sad if after such a midwest-heavy heat, if not even ONE midwest state made it through. But then again…overlooking the midwest would be very on-brand for america lol

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

Minnesota? Were we watching the same show?

ogi
ogi
3 months ago

except that social media may not mean much since there’s juries involved.

i see OK, WY and MS qualifying… PR close next.

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
3 months ago
Reply to  ogi

Since three entries from each round are picked entirely by televoting, I think social media might be more useful for figuring out who will be qualifying.

Aside from that, you make good points!

poe-tay-toe chips
poe-tay-toe chips
3 months ago
Reply to  Patrick Pastor

another reason I say connecticut is because when I last checked, his song was the highest ASC song on our itunes chart

Lambert
Lambert
3 months ago

Good to see that quality prevailed. A jury with taste.

Héctor
Héctor
3 months ago

Was one of my three favs in the bunch, probably my number 1. So I’m happy the jurors had taste! What a voice he has!

Robert
Robert
3 months ago

Hueston was great and a potential winner for me, liked Loko too but the rest was a bit underwhelming to me unfortunately

Last edited 3 months ago by Robert
Jack
Jack
3 months ago

AMC is what the Swedish mafia envisions for the actual contest, lip sync performances of people who look good with stagings made by the same 2 people. It works in the US but it will never work in Europe.

Samo
Samo
3 months ago
Reply to  Jack

What we saw yesterday is very unlikely to work in the US. It certainly doesn’t seem to spark a lot of talk-about on social media. Ironically, when I Google ASC news, most results I get are in Scandinavian languages.

ogi
ogi
3 months ago
Reply to  Samo

social media buzz matters but it’s not be-all and end-all; give it a bit of time. it trended pretty significantly and the k-pop mania helps it (too bad the song isn’t better).

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
3 months ago
Reply to  Samo

Actually, yesterday it was #2 trending here on twitter

Samo
Samo
3 months ago

Ok, songs weren’t as bland as I worried from the previews, although sadly there was still nothing that would go outside of comfort zone like in Eurovision (which is not surprising, given that Melodifestivalen is not exactly known for courageous entries). The format is weird though. Too little time is spend on results and most disappointing things is that audience qualifiers are not announced on the show, but only days later. Meh. It’s more of a concert than a competition. It’s not bad but I’m not sure the show will survive. My suggestion would be to ditch semifinals. Have 7… Read more »

Kevin M
Kevin M
3 months ago
Reply to  Samo

They can’t do voting results in the same hour because the show doesn’t air live on the West Coast. Not sure what they’re going to do for the grand final.

Samo
Samo
3 months ago
Reply to  Kevin M

How do they do it on other live shows?

Kevin M
Kevin M
3 months ago
Reply to  Samo

They will either have a show the following day where results are revealed, or wait till the following week just like ASC is doing.

There was one season of Rising Star which basically let the East Coast decide everything, although the West Coast could “save” certain acts the East Coast did not vote for.

poe-tay-toe chips
poe-tay-toe chips
3 months ago
Reply to  Kevin M

Yes it does? It started at 5:00pm on the west coast and 8:00pm on the east coast. It’s HAWAII and the other overseas territories that are why we have extra voting time and announce qualifiers one week later.

And I’m sure when semis come after all songs have been heard at least once already, voting would open before the show.

Kevin M
Kevin M
3 months ago

NBC is not carrying the show live at 5 PM on the West Coast. Sure, the show is airing live at that time in the eastern half of the country, and west coasters could get their hands on those feeds if they really want to, but NBC intends for them to watch the show 3 hours delayed in primetime on their local affiliates. Even Rising Star, whose whole thing was having the votes appear in real-time, did not air live in the West Coast. They did allow the west coast to vote and their results were displayed in real time… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Kevin M
ogi
ogi
3 months ago
Reply to  Samo

heats and semis are all likely going to stay in this format with only finals having some sort of a live vote… just like eurovision. this show is produced by people who are at the heart of eurovision, they certainly considered everything. the production value of last night was great and the songs are decent – exactly like all other country selections.

Yush
Yush
3 months ago

Fyi. Cazzi Opea from Melodifestivalen is part of the writers of Wonderland. Hopefully next year she will come to Melodifestivalen with a Kpop act includes Korean lyrics or something

Last edited 3 months ago by Yush
Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
3 months ago
Reply to  Yush

I’d love for her to perform something more of a K Pop genre but I think Korean lyics might come across a bit problematic. But otherwise I’d love to see it

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Yush

That explains why it was so good!

Slpatgun
Slpatgun
3 months ago

If you can’t sing “live” you shouldn’t be on a live performance show. That and what’s with the over production of the performances , was a big turn off .

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
3 months ago

The only song I liked was Wonderland and I could not even hear it live because they covered up AleXa’s live vocal with the studio cut. What’s the point? lol.

Pancake
Pancake
3 months ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Singing over a backtrack is a common practice in Korea, specially if they’re performing at music shows like SBS Inkigayo. Sadly, I think the producers (or at least the sound mix guy) overdid it with the backtrack on this one.

Last edited 3 months ago by Pancake
Pantstheterrible
Pantstheterrible
3 months ago

Whoa enjoying the love here for my state (Iowa) and tickled pink I can actually vote in this contest. I am disappointed that you can vote for your own state though. This gives more populous states an unfair advantage! I thought about abstaining from voting for mine out of principle but we are small but mighty yes we can. Oklahoma is my favorite though.

James
James
3 months ago

Someone here or in another thread said that you can’t vote for your own state, especially if you’ve registered your zip code to all three voting platforms (NBC website, NBC app, TikTok). But I think the rank-based points system used in ESC will help give all the states the same weight of their voting power.

CarlosM
CarlosM
3 months ago
Reply to  James

I’m not sure TIKTOK voting requires a zip code.

Pantstheterrible
Pantstheterrible
3 months ago
Reply to  James

I registered my zipcode and I was able to vote for my state. Maybe those votes just won’t count? The website isn’t very clear on how votes are being tabulated, regionally or a straight popularity contest.

Addie
Addie
3 months ago

Can someone please update me on what happened? I’m trying to muster as much information as I can from the comments, but I’m just confused. Who are the four qualifiers? I don’t have a VPN so I cannot watch 🙁

CarlosM
CarlosM
3 months ago
Reply to  Addie

There is only one qualifier, that’s the jury vote. RI qualified. The other 3 will be announced next week.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
3 months ago
Reply to  CarlosM

That makes sense. People are just discovering the show and probably need more time to consider who to vote.

CarlosM
CarlosM
3 months ago

Plus, Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Marianas Islands will see the show much later than the continent.

badfortrains
badfortrains
3 months ago

Loved Every Minute!!!

And we have more than 6 on stage. – Game Changer!
Great First run. The strongest voice tonight is also the jury qualifier, going directly into the Semi.
How Shocking. Y’all, we have arrived!!!

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
3 months ago
Reply to  badfortrains

I agree. Probably could use a little less ads in-between the performances. But hey, you gotta pay the bills somehow.

Jake
Jake
3 months ago

Welcome to American TV—which is why people are leaving for streaming options

ogi
ogi
3 months ago
Reply to  Jake

and that’s why ads stick around for live formats

ogi
ogi
3 months ago

this is VERY commercial and so ads aren’t going anywhere. with the current state of media, only sports and live events are the way to make good money from ads in the US.

Sophia
Sophia
3 months ago

To me, it was decent. Reminded me of Melfest more than Eurovision. I thought Puerto Rico was the best. I liked Oklahoma a lot too but gave it less votes because I had to strain my ears to see if there were even any live vocals. Regardless, I’d be satisfied if they went to the semifinal round.

ogi
ogi
3 months ago
Reply to  Sophia

i feel people forget that a one-off eurovision format with 56 entries wouldn’t work. this has always meant to imitate melodi. you have to make money off this, so heats, i.e .a full season of a tv show, are the only way to go.

Roadking
Roadking
3 months ago

Don’t go out of your way to watch, all filler, no killer.

Xxx
Xxx
3 months ago

They’ve turned Eurovision into another plastic American singing competition where you don’t even have to sing live apparently. It’s like i’m watching the Voice or something.

James
James
3 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

Everyone sang live. Didn’t you hear Michael Bolton’s shakey vocals a the beginning?

Xxx
Xxx
3 months ago
Reply to  James

Wasn’t talking about him. A few people didn’t.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

I’m pretty sure they don’t lip sync on the voice…

Sebastian
Sebastian
3 months ago

1) That’s disappointed! It hasn’t be called “American Song Contest”. It shall be called “Americafestivalen”. Mr. Björkman is a ver f***ed astute person. Like he sees that Eurovision is turning to be a truth european song contest (grazie Italia – by the moment – for show us what’s quality) that all countries are trying to show their productions that swedish producers are not being so populars like years ago. So swedish crew flew to USA and they settled like a plastic version Greta Garbo in United States. 2) Were there playback or weren’t there? I hear songs like if I… Read more »

James
James
3 months ago
Reply to  Sebastian

Technically, it’s a song contest so the nomenclature makes sense. If you’re disappointed that it has a Melfest-style format, how would you suggest that 56 songs in contention be trimmed down across three nights of a single week in 2-hour outings?

Sebastian
Sebastian
3 months ago
Reply to  James

I’m disappointed because the whole production is so Melfest. In United States there are amazing tv productions and they can do it by their own way

James
James
3 months ago
Reply to  Sebastian

It’s still the first season so they’re still teasing the waters first and foremost.

ogi
ogi
3 months ago
Reply to  Sebastian

the only format that could succeed is melodifestivalen – eurovision is too short. there’s a great interview in billboard (you can find it online) where this is explained and elaborated. this is a very serious endeavor on part of NBC and thinking they didn’t think every single thing through would be silly.

Film4o
Film4o
3 months ago

Here link, if anyone wants to watch the full show- https://streamtape.com/v/R9kvb4RP4QidPpj

Pancake
Pancake
3 months ago

Okay, I see some comments accusing AleXa of lip-syncing, so I’m just going to clarify that she actually wasn’t. If you have your earphones on or you have really good ears, you can tell her actual voice from the backtrack. Other than that, she totally nailed her performance.

So, yeah, I think they should replace the sound mix guy immediately before Heat 2, stat!

Last edited 3 months ago by Pancake
Xxx
Xxx
3 months ago
Reply to  Pancake

Y’all don’t need to lie to yourselves, she lipped, point blank period.

Pancake
Pancake
3 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

I don’t know what kind of video (or fantasy land) you’re watching but you have to be petty and delusional to think that.

Last edited 3 months ago by Pancake
Ann
Ann
3 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

Um, there were other people much more blatantly lip synching, so don’t understand what you’re complaining about. ?

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
3 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

She didn’t, but you can’t hear her voice over the playback. IDK why they did that, it’s annoying.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
3 months ago
Reply to  Pancake

Wonderland is fantastic and I loved her performance but I wanna see it and actually hear it live. Hopefully in the semis that will be the case. Otherwise I’m not sure what the point of the live shows if some of the songs aren’t actually live. I know she’s singing BTW, you just can’t hear her.

Kent So
Kent So
3 months ago

Genuinely curious for those who watched it outside of the United States…what was being shown during our ads (commercials)? There was an ad after every act and it was a bit annoying. Did other countries have ad breaks as well?

Roadking
Roadking
3 months ago

Act two just finished, better ( had to look up what K-Pop was). Show says live but video quality feels like an old recording.

Ann
Ann
3 months ago
Reply to  Roadking

Looked good to me.

Roadking
Roadking
3 months ago

Just watched the first act, hope it gets better. Might be my first and last watch.

Lolek
Lolek
3 months ago

Folks! Not sure how known this is but I just noticed that Cazzi Opeia (from Melo) was one of the songwriters for Oklahoma’s song! How fitting! Haha

ete sech
ete sech
3 months ago
Reply to  Lolek

I’m not surprised, instead I’m very happy for her, she’s a big name among K-pop songwriters! 😀

HEH22
HEH22
3 months ago

First I was apprehensive on how they could ruin this…. but I am pleasantly surprised. I did not hate the American version of this show. It definitely is americanized, I was afraid it’d be too similar to other shows- but it was not to the extent I thought it be.
I am now looking forward to continue viewing the competition.

My top 4

Rhode Island- Hueston
Minnesota- Yam Haus
Wisconsin- Jake’O
Connecticut- Michael Bolton

I want to add Oklahoma- AleXa…. but I cant assess fairly with vocals not being live…

Last edited 3 months ago by HEH22
Lolek
Lolek
3 months ago
Reply to  HEH22

I haven’t yet heard Oklahoma’s (can’t find it on youtube yet) but I had a similar thought when it came to Puerto Rico. Love the song but it wasn’t altogether clear how much he was singing live…

For now Conneticut, Iowa and Wisconsin are my three qualifiers (excluding the jury qualifier Rhode Island).

Lolek
Lolek
3 months ago
Reply to  Lolek

Just found a clip of Oklahoma. I really love the song and the dancing but… it really seems like she isn’t singing at all…

Last edited 3 months ago by Lolek
Pancake
Pancake
3 months ago
Reply to  Lolek

The backing track was too loud. She was definitely singing.
Someone should replace the sound mix guy immediately.

Cheerio
Cheerio
3 months ago

As long as Arkansas and Oklahoma qualify I’d be happy 🙂

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
3 months ago

I knew Hueston from Rhode Island was going to qualify 20 seconds into his song.

Now, when they get to the Grand Final, will they award points the same way they do at Eurovision, with half the points coming from the viewers and half from the juries?

James
James
3 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

It will be a 50/50 jury-public vote split and apparently in real time so the territories like Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Marianas will have to be up on Tuesday mid-morning. Bjorkman shared that the allocation of points will more or less be the same but the delivery of the jury 12’s will probably be different because the show doesn’t have the time to watch 56 jurors share their points. I’m thinking that the best way to do this is by grouping the jurors in groups according to regions i.e.: New England, Appalachia+East, Southeast, US Caribbean, Midwest, Pacific Northwest,… Read more »

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
3 months ago

The jury picking a ballad as their favorite of the night.

Well. You can’t complain that there’s NOTHING in common with Eurovision lol

James
James
3 months ago

Fun fact: Rhode Island is actually not an island…Not exactly.

Amy Beth
Amy Beth
3 months ago
Reply to  James

Funner fact: The full name is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Last edited 3 months ago by Amy Beth
James
James
3 months ago
Reply to  Amy Beth

And even funner-funner fact as I learned about this when I was following the US elections in 2020: Rhode Island had a referendum whether or not to permanently shorten its long-form name, and many agreed to drop “Providence Plantations” off its name for good. 😀

Last edited 3 months ago by James