Saturday, August 8, 2020

American version of ‘Eurovision’ contest coming to US in 2021


Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams may not be competing, but an American version of the wildly-popular “Eurovision” singing competition is coming to the United States in 2021.
One of the world’s most-watched singing contest — and subject of the new Netflix comedy, “Eurovision” — has announced that “The American Song Contest” will take place during 2021’s holiday season reports CNN.
And although Eurovision itself was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said they will also bring back the competition next year.
“The Eurovision Song Contest’s unique legacy dates back 65 years and its worldwide popularity is still rising,” said Executive Supervisor, Martin Österdahl.
“It’s time for America to experience this spectacle, through its sister competition, the American Song Contest,” Österdahl said.
“Love of music is universal and celebration of music in different genres and styles can transcend boundaries and unite people,” he said.
“We are excited to have found the right partners to offer another series that our fans across the globe can fall in love with and to share this unique competition with the American people.”
In the American contest, state winners will compete in a series of qualifier competitions, “leading to Semi-Finals and the ultimate primetime Grand Finale,” the Eurovision website said.
Competing acts will range from solo artists to bands with no more than six members, officials said. Judges will be US-based artists from a range of musical genres.