The American Song Contest rolled into its third week, with 12 acts competing in heat three.

They were all aiming to earn a spot in the semi-finals on behalf of their state or territory.

The first act to make it through after the jury vote was Tyler Braden from Tennessee.

American Song Contest heat three

Results

Four acts will ultimately qualify from heat three.

The professional jury selected one qualifier during the live programme. This was Tennessee’s Tyler Braden and his coming-of-age country anthem “Seventeen”.

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

During the show, we also found out who the televoters chose to qualify from last week’s heat two. Montana, North Dakota, and Kansas won the public’s support to advance to the semi-finals.

Competing acts

  • Texas: Grant Knoche – “Mr. Independent”
  • Louisiana: Brittany Pfantz – “Now You Do”
  • Tennessee: Tyler Braden – “Seventeen”
  • New Jersey: Brooke Alexx – “I Don’t Take Pictures Anymore”
  • Alabama: Ni/Co – “The Difference”
  • Florida: Ale Zabala – “Flirt”
  • Alaska: Jewel – “The Story”
  • South Carolina: Jesse LeProtti – “Not Alone”
  • South Dakota: Judd Hoos – “Bad Girl”
  • Delaware: Nitro Nitra – “Train”
  • Northern Marianas Islands: Sabyu – “Sunsets and Seaturtles”
  • Colorado: Riker Lynch – “Feel the Love”

What do you think of American Song Contest heat three? Which acts stood out to you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Imp
Imp
2 months ago

Ive made my piece with the fact that the jury have no idea what good music is — yaaaaawn

Caliope
Caliope
2 months ago

Juries are overrating the country songs.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
2 months ago

If Wikipedia is right, and they got the jury results right, then the top 6 from the jury are TN, FL, AL, TX, NJ and CO. With TN locked in, that leaves 3 spots for the remaining 5. Anyone ranked lower than 6th is not likely to qualify here, because in the last 2 weeks, the contender who was 5th on the jury scorecard qualified.

Relyt Eht Rotaerc
Relyt Eht Rotaerc
2 months ago

You can blame Warner Music for this desaster. All participants were obliged to sign a deal with Atlantic Records, a subdivision of Warner Music. There are no participants of other record companies (like Universal Music and its numerous subdivisions) or Sony Music or any of the numerous independent record labels allowed at this show. At Eurovision instead there is a large variety of record companies participating. At Eurovision locally or even internationally well known und currently successful acts are participating. At ASC none of this is the case. All acts at ASC are either absolutely unknown nobodies or out of… Read more »

Stian F
Stian F
2 months ago

The jury picks are quite aweful and boring so far… So many good pop songs, and they choose the ballads… Male sung ballads. Its like they only have one type of taste…

Tzs
Tzs
2 months ago

Mr. Independent is BOP! Best song so faaaaar

Badfortrains
Badfortrains
2 months ago

Heat 3 | Top 3:
Texas, Florida, Alaska.

Jury Qualifier: Tennessee was to bland and mediocre. The guy can sing, – but it sounded to generic and monotone. The melody is equally boring.

We are going through the same “Jury” voting confusions like Eurovision does every year. Juries can be helpful and damaging at the same time. Deal with it.

The final will be epic!

Melo
Melo
2 months ago

Too many lip-synch songs but most of them aren’t through to the semifinals…

Azan
Azan
2 months ago

I can’t believe they eliminated New York, Enisa needs to be one of the two wildcards for the semi-final!

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

Goodbye, Macy Gray.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

And it looks like Jewel is going to join her; 9th on the jury scorecard this week. She would need to win the public vote BIG, because none worse than 5th on the jury scorecard has managed to qualify.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

From the looks of things, I think Michael Bolton may be the only one of the 5 major veterans to qualify. I would expect, though, that the Crystal Method may surprise us.

Yankee
Yankee
2 months ago

I liked Week 3 better than the other two weeks. The songs are getting better. Can’t wait for more West coast states like California, Washington, Idaho, and territory Guam.

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Yankee

And DC!

poe-tay-toe chips
poe-tay-toe chips
2 months ago

…So…viewership unfortunately had a small decrease. 1.6 mil this week compared to last week’s 1.88 ….the ratings stayed pretty much the same though.

I hope things pick up at the semis, because the show I feel is increasing in quality by the episode so it’s a shame viewership is doing the opposite.

Gia
Gia
2 months ago

Glad American FLOP contest is tanking. I wish it’s not the lowest rating to come.

Essie
Essie
2 months ago

I agree it has been improving. Pretty sure it will finish the full season run. Only 2 more heats, then semis, then final.

Pancake
Pancake
2 months ago

I heard there was a storm that knocked out some cables.
The rating could have stagnated if it weren’t for that.

poe-tay-toe chips
poe-tay-toe chips
2 months ago

people need to stop blaming Americans as a whole for the results sucking. American viewers are just as frustrated right now as the eurovision fans watching lol. I haven’t actually seen anyone say tennessee deserved that jury win lmao. Everyone I’ve seen online has been saying states like Texas, Delaware, or Alaska deserve it more? I don’t know why you think 56 jury members reflect this nation’s taste more than the millions of people who tune in to watch. No the US juries are just as out of touch as the ESC ones if anything. Though you can’t argue we… Read more »

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
2 months ago

It’s actually been getting better after the lackluster premiere. Most of the entries last night were decent. There were a few that stood out to me: Florida had a different sound to it. I liked Alaska because it gave me Eurovision vibes (a feeling I haven’t experienced yet in ASC). Delaware was by far the best…very powerful vocals and an energetic song. Northern Marianas – you know how some entries have the misfortune to go after an awesome song? That’s what we have here. The representative wasn’t bad at all…it was just forgettable because it went after Delaware. I remember… Read more »

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
2 months ago

The juries seem to have a very particular taste, smaller states, slow songs, and male singers. I’m not sur I like this, it’s going to be very predictable, change the juries who are voting between rounds, or reduce their power.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
2 months ago
Reply to  Ukraine stan

I assume you are insinuating the WGWG thing trying to creep back into the picture, the very thing that slowly bled American Idol to death on FOX, no?

Pancake
Pancake
2 months ago

My thoughts on this heat: • New York > Montana. Enisa deserved better. • Happy that Kansas and North Dakota qualifed to the semi-finals. • Texas: should have won jury vote. The performance was amazing and Grant really sold that staging. If he doesn’t qualify, we riot. • Louisiana: an underrated gem that should have landed higher. If this song represented the UK in Eurovision, it would have ended up top 5. The most Eurovision-worthy performance of the night. • Tennessee: Vocally he was good, but there were better performances from the night that were more deserving. • New Jersey:… Read more »

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Pancake

#NoFeelsForPrill

I agree.

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago

The Juries are killing this contest before it can even walk.

To get an automatic qualifier, 50-50 say in the 3 other qualifiers and the ability to kill an entry by ranking it last or 2nd to last, they have far far far too much power.

Polegend Godnova
2 months ago

the three jury qualifiers so far have all been terrible !

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
2 months ago

Rhose Island was amazing. Tennessee and Kentucky were decent.

noone
noone
2 months ago

OK, Americans really don’t get it.This is becoming American Country Song Contest. It’s unbelievable who qualified and who didn’t. Juries putting a bland boring white dude singing a bland country song through 3 times (!!!) in a row. And it will probably happen in Week 4 and 5 as well. The viewers at home are also either all country-loving Southerners or they think that they’re watching some sort of Voice or American Idol. New Boot Goofin and Million Dollar Smoothies not qualifying futhermore proves that people think this is a talent show for singers and not a spectacle/performance show. Macy… Read more »

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  noone

Country music is to the US as Balkan ballads are to the Balkans.

Greg
Greg
2 months ago
Reply to  noone

Macy Gray the ‘biggest star’ of the contest lol? Are you aware Michael Bolton is also around?

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago

MY FAVORITE FROM HEAT 2, NORTH DAKOTA, IS THROUGH AJFKKHAHSJAHSHDJSX!

Film4o
Film4o
2 months ago

Here link for the full show- https://streamtape.com/v/BYV36W7jOySyAOg

Essie
Essie
2 months ago
Reply to  Film4o

Thank you!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

I really don’t like Jewel’s song. It feels like Thomas G:sson was involved or somebody was trying to get it to sound as if he was…

Azan
Azan
2 months ago

I love South Carolina, 2010-2015 dance music is the best!

Jim
Jim
2 months ago

Colorado gave me Kizunguzungu vibes.

Frobou
Frobou
2 months ago

My favorite song was Alaska. Favorite performance was Texas. I surely hope that judges will stop picking a white male singer for their favorite. 3 out of 3 so far. States are bringing non stereotipical songs to the contest but judges votes are very traditional.

Frobou
Frobou
2 months ago
Reply to  Frobou

Not sure how to correct my typo. I meant stereotypical.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

I don’t agree with Heat 2 or Heat 3 jury result. Tennessee and Kentucky shouldn’t have been the top. Both songs were super generic. I don’t need to hear them again in the semi finals.

Patrick
Patrick
2 months ago
Reply to  HEH22

Looks like the juries are just looking to whatever voice is the best. Hope the public vote notices emotions and overall entertainment as well

Patrick
Patrick
2 months ago

They totally should have this Q be the first one. Strong performances overall tonight

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

Colorado’s song sounds very familiar and I can’t put my finger on it. An okay song to end the show on. Don’t think it will move on.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

North Marianas. Acoustic chill vibes, the simplicity is nice. Its refreshing even if the vocal was a bit soft/weak.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago
Reply to  HEH22

My favourite song in the contest so far. It stands out from the rest.
So obviously, it’ll come last.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

Hello shoulder pads! Like the dark grungy vibes and she has a strong unique voice. Interestingly picked up and became more rock in the middle of the song. This performance intrigued me greatly.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

South Dakota’s song sort of reminds me of like…Matchbox Twenty’s music, but only thier more recent stuff.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

That cut away during South Dakota was awkward. Haven’t heard this genre in the competition so that is nice. Not a winner but good for them.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

Okay Ray of Light ala Madonna. Giving me early 2000’s vibes. Not my favorite song of the night but I can appreciate.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

South carolina’s staging is…a choice lol

Patrick
Patrick
2 months ago

This was a different Jewel then I expected, but she surely paid attention to the Eurovision. 😀 Guilty of liking this

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

That beginning gave my Taylor Swift Love Story vibes… then it started to take a turn towards ABBA… and I am so confused how to feel about this song…

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

Higher hopes for Jewel. Loved Who Will Save your soul and even liked her little excursion into pop with Intuition.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

Only thing that stood out other than lack of vocal with Florida is the dancer who got to push and ride the shopping cart living my childhood dream.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago
Reply to  HEH22

don’t forget “big flirt” written on the men’s crotches lol 😉

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

And Back Track vocal prominence once again ala Florida.

Young_At_Heart_In_Austin
Young_At_Heart_In_Austin
2 months ago
Reply to  HEH22

There’s at least one person in each of these heats where it seams like the lead song is relying on the back track to sing the vocals. They they aren’t even trying to sing live. FLA was the offender from heat 3.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

I appreciate Alabamas live vocals. It gets difficult to discern what sounds well done versus back track, and judging while comparing the those factors. Enjoyed the camera work- why did it seem so much smoother??

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

…I don’t think the people previously arguing that none of the singing is live have a leg to stand on anymore

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

I find it very unfair how states will be judged for studio vocal versus live vocal. Take Alabama for example- because ive been hearing so many studio back tracks instead of live vocals- I feel that Alabama sounded lovely but i could here some weakness in their vocals. Whereas New Jersey sounded… better?- but only because i heard the back track.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

Alabama has some nice camera work

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

Not sure what the jury is thinking tonight- Don’t think Louisiana should be in the bottom with what all has been performed. And Tennessee in the top with generic usual country storytelling song? Think they might be Nashville biased.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

New Jersey is probably my favorite of the night so far. I already had a feeling from the preview though.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

I think New Jersey is the weakest link tonight as of right now. Though I think younger viewers who enjoy Olivia Rodrigo will like it.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

I’m always super critical of country music because I feel it always sound so similar and tells the same stories. This gives me Eric Church Springsteen vibes but not as catchy. This guy has great vocals, think my favorite part would have to be the guitar solo… Personally just an okay country song.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

…is it just me, or has the staging been getting increasingly expensive looking for each heat?

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

Louisiana giving Australia Sheldon Riley stage mask vibes. Appreciate the strong live vocals, the back track didn’t seem as noticeable? Think the states will give this entry votes.

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  HEH22

That and definite Mardi Gras parade realness.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

Find it fun that Texas didn’t send Country, This song is a fun little bop, pretty sure it will move on. Only negative is the stupid backing vocals which has been an incredibly infuriating issue for this entire competition.

HEH22
HEH22
2 months ago

And here we go with god awful backing tracks. Just let these people sing without it for the love of all things holy.