“Eurovision” travels to America
The American version of “Eurovision” song contest will debut in 2021.
According to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the song contest will, as it is currently conceived, position the artists head to head against other states’ representatives in a series of 5-10 televised Qualifier Competitions, leading to Semi-Finals and the ultimate primetime Grand Final.
The force behind the American Song Contest and EBU’s brand entrée into America includes some of the top global minds in entertainment, music and television. Anders Lenhoff, one of Europe’s top creative producers, is joined by Peter Settman, a leading television entrepreneur and producer, as well as Ben Silverman, the prolific producer and television executive who propelled the American version of The Office to global status as well as packaging Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and many more global hits.
Leading up to the American competition will be the formation of The American Song Contest Academy, a group of US-based music professionals representing all genres and backgrounds. They will create juries of artists and music industry notables who, along with regional audiences, will select top talent from all 50 states to compete. State representatives can be solo artists, duos or bands with up to six members.
Roman Bondarchuk, UzA