American Song Contest: The Live Qualifiers Premiere
March 21, 2022 4:16 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

The American Song Contest starts on March 21st. This U.S. spin off of the Eurovision Song Contest will feature live original musical performances, representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation's capital, competing to win the country's vote for the Best Original Song.

Tonight, in the premiere episode the first 11 artists will perform their original songs in front of hosts Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg, a live studio audience and millions of viewers across America. The 11 songs featured on tonight’s episode are available to enjoy now.

Artists featured on the first episode:

Wonderland – AleXa (OK)
Wonder – Alisabeth Von Presley (IA)
LOKO – Christian Pagán (PR)
Held On Too Long – Hueston (RI)
Feel Your Love – Jake’O (WI)
Never Like This – Kelsey Lamb (AR)
Fire – Keyone Starr (MS)
Beautiful World – Michael Bolton (CT)
New Boot Goofin’ – Ryan Charles (WY)
Love In My City – UG skywalkin (IN)
Ready To Go – Yam Haus (MN)

The full list of entrants, as well as information about international airings of the American Song Contest, can be found in the first link of this post. The American Song Contest airs on NBC in the U.S.

This Variety article describes the voting procedures and how the finalists will be chosen from the five live qualifiers before the final. The final episode of the American Song Contest will air on May 9th, the day before the first Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final.
posted by the primroses were over (8 comments total)
I didn't tag this with the Eurovision Fanfare Club tag, because I'm not sure how interested all the Eurovision fans are in this spin off. I can add that in later if people want.

It remains to be seen if this will be any good, but I'll be watching it, at least as a count down to Eurovision - Turin 2022, which is May 10, 12 and 14th!
posted by the primroses were over at 4:21 PM on March 21, 2022

They seem to have opened the voting before any of the acts even performed? And are making each act do a little intro about how great their state/territory is.

Songs have been kind of boring so far, Oklahoma kpop probably the best of a not memorable bunch, three songs in.
posted by the primroses were over at 5:33 PM on March 21, 2022

Remember when Snoop Dogg was, like, edgy and controversial and now he's.... hosting "The American Song Contest"?
posted by dnash at 6:35 PM on March 21, 2022 [2 favorites]

I don't mind hearing these people's stories and how much they love their states and all but ... wow, this show seems like it's 75% filler before commercials. Yes, I have seen U.S. TV before so I'm not surprised but it's exhausting how little actual content there is as compared to everything else.

And that's sort of disappointing. I don't love all these songs (any?) but I think the concept is actually decent and while I wish more people were bringing the weird like plenty of acts do in Eurovision, it's better than I expected overall when we actually get the songs.

But if I wasn't watching this live, I'd be doing so much fast fowarding.
posted by edencosmic at 6:47 PM on March 21, 2022

I liked it. I wanted fluff, and it delivered.

It's not Eurovision by any stretch, but it's a good start. I enjoyed it and will watch again, looking forward to seeing where it goes.

And Snoop is a surprisingly good emcee. I'd vastly prefer Snoop to, say, Seacrest. At least Snoop has a discernable personality, and was genuinely having fun. Kelly Clarkson also, but really Snoop.
posted by Capt. Renault at 12:26 PM on March 22, 2022 [1 favorite]

The highlight for me was Snoop running off camera to “meet Michael Bolton” and audibly shouting, “Michael Bolton! Michael Bolton!” from off screen.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 5:02 PM on March 22, 2022 [5 favorites]

I only watched through Michael Bolton last night (and yeah, both hosts were hilariously excited about Michael Bolton which was fun). I still think the contestant intros should have been cut in half, but I did enjoy this, which was maybe not clear from my "three songs in" comment.

Although I would campaign for shorter intros, I enjoyed the trivia bits with the contestants.

Watched the second half today, and still none of these songs really stood out to me, although I liked some of the performers. 56 performances over a 6 week period is going to be a lot for my attention span, so I'm kind of interested to see if I remember any of these by the finale.
posted by the primroses were over at 5:22 PM on March 22, 2022

I was today years old when I learned that Michael Bolton is from Connecticut.

(Although, somehow that makes perfect sense.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:00 AM on March 24, 2022

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