NBC announced during a Super Bowl ad that the hosts of the American Song Contest will be none other than Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg.
Who are the hosts?
Kelly Clarkson is a world-famous country and pop music singer as well as a host on numerous NBC shows. She rose to fame for winning the first season of American Idol and has gone on to publish hit songs such as “Since You Been Gone” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”. She has her own daytime NBC talk show “The Kelly Clarkson Show” and has been a coach on The Voice since 2017.
Snoop Dogg is a multi-platinum rapper, philanthropist, media personality, and Netta’s childhood crush. He rose to fame in 1993 with his debut album “Doggystyle”. He later went on to buy the same label that released it: Death Row Records. In addition, he has appeared in many movies and TV shows.
In a statement, Snoop Dogg said: “I am honored to host ‘American Song Contest’ alongside my lil sis Kelly Clarkson, aka Miss Texas.”
Clarkson added: “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.”
When will the contest take place
The contest will premier on Monday 21 March at 20:00 ET/2:00 CET. It will run for 8 weeks with the final airing on Monday 9 May. For those located in the United States, the American Song Contest will be streamed live on NBC and available for streaming the next day on Peacock. Additionally, some European broadcasters have picked up the show. So far Finnland’s YLE, Sweden’s SVT, and Iceland’s RUV will all broadcast the show.
How will the “American Song Contest” work?
Keeping close to the Eurovision format, all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories, and the nation’s capital will be competing to win the title of “Best Original Song”. The competition will consist of three qualifying rounds, followed by a Semi-Final and a Grand Final where a state/territory will become the winner.
The American Song Contest is executive produced by Audrey Morrissey, Anders Lenhoff, Christer Björkman, Peter Settman, Ola Melzig, and Gregory Lipstone alongside Propagate’s Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. The competition is produced by Propagate in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Alongside its reveal, further information of the show such as the hosts, artists, and the host city, will be revealed later on.
News Source: EBU/Deadline
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