‘Eurovision’-Inspired ‘American Song Contest’ Opens for Submissions

A competition of original music, cover or tribute bands are not allowed to participate.


NBC has announced that submissions for the new music event series “American Song Contest” are now open.

Based on “Eurovision Song Contest,” the world’s largest music event, the series will feature a series of live music performances from American contestants who are in competition to win the country’s vote for best original song. All 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C. will be repped by a solo artist, duo, band or DJ.

“American Song Contest” is looking for artists, signed or independent, who can own the stage and captivate an audience with their original music (cover or tribute bands are not allowed to participate). As the submission process to represent each state or territory is underway, the showrunners welcome all varieties of music including country, dance/electronic, pop, rap, R&B and rock. Applicants must be 16 or older, and groups can only consist of up to six members.

Netflix recently released the musical-comedy “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,” which starred Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as two Icelandic singers participating in the renowned music celebration. The “Eurovision Song Contest” has been held annually since 1956 and has featured contestants from 52 different countries. The American version of the competition will lead to the semi-finals and subsequently the primetime March Madness-style grand finale.

AdditPropagate Content will create The American Song Contest Academy, a jury that will consist of artists and music industry notables that will represent all genres and backgrounds. The event is scheduled to debut sometime in 2022.

From Universal Television Alternative Studio, “American Song Contest” will be produced by Anders Lenhoff, Christer Björkman, Peter Settman and Ola Melzig alongside Propagate’s Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Gregory Lipstone. Audrey Morrissey, executive producer of “The Voice,” will serve as showrunner.