After the conclusion of the first season of the American Song Contest, fans have wondered what the future of the franchise is. It’s been revealed that negotiations for a second season is now taking place.
Still in negotiation
According to Executive Producer Christer Björkman, negotiations for a second edition of the American Song Contest are underway. Speaking with Swedish magazine Aftonbladet, Björkman stated
We are still negotiating and it is, as always, about money.Christer Björkman
This news comes as Björkman is setting out to work on the Canadian and Central/South American versions of the Eurovision.
The ASC premiered on 21 March, 2022 to an audience of 2.9 million viewers on NBC. However, it never managed to achieve higher ratings than its premier. Furthermore, it never managed to beat its timeslot competitor: American Idol. Only 2.04 million people tuned in to watch AleXa win it all on May compared to 2.09 million who watched a rerun of Disney’s Moana on competitor channel ABC.
Even with the lackluster ratings, it is not impossible for another season to happen. To help with ratings, NBC could move the contest to a new timeslot that does not conflict with other music contests. Additionally, since Björkman is the rights holder for the contest, there is a potential for a move to another network in the case NBC drops it. Nonetheless, due to the upcoming contests for the rest of the continents, Björkman seems to want another season.
About the American Song Contest
NBC’s American Song Contest sees artists from across 50 states, 5 territories, and the nation’s capital compete for the title of “Best Original Song.” The first season, hosted by Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg, premiered on 21 March 2022. The show was made up of five qualifying rounds, two semi finals, and one grand final. K-pop star AleXa was crowned the winner of the first American Song Contest with her song “Wonderland.”
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News Source: Aftonbladet
Photo Credit: Trae Patton/NBCUniversal