A US model of the Eurovision Music Contest is to happen subsequent yr, organisers have introduced.
The 50 states will compete in The American Music Contest, which has been endorsed by the workforce behind the long-running European equal.
No broadcaster or different platform has but signed as much as air the US contest, however a spokeswoman for the challenge stated discussions have been happening.
The Eurovision Music Contest has been working for greater than six many years.
The US contest shall be held in late 2021, a number of months after Eurovision, organisers confirmed on Friday.
The entrants shall be chosen by US juries, made up of music trade professionals and regional TV audiences.
The representatives for every state could be both solo artists, duos or bands with as much as six members.
The announcement of The American Music Contest follows the discharge of Netflix’s fashionable movie Eurovision: The Story of Hearth Saga.
The film, which starred Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, was launched in June and have become successful with viewers.
‘American music is a smorgasbord of sounds’
Evaluation by William Lee Adams, BBC Minute presenter and Eurovision knowledgeable
Naysayers of the American Music Contest have stated it should lose a lot of the intrigue of its inspiration – totally different nations showcasing their distinctive traditions and swerve on modern pop. However that means America is a musical sausage manufacturing facility, pumping out interchangeable ditties and monotonous tunes. It’s not.
Most states can declare some type of musical heritage, which locals take pleasure in or a minimum of strongly determine with. Take, for instance, the pop studios of Los Angeles, the nation phases of Nashville, the hip-hop capital Atlanta or the Latin music hub that’s Miami – American music is a smorgasbord of sounds that may make good TV when displayed one track after the opposite.
My British pals often outline America with two colors – purple and blue. However that ignores the hundreds of thousands of hues in between. State id nonetheless issues and it recurrently performs out on TV, the place collegiate sports activities dominate. NCAA soccer and basketball stay scores juggernauts, partly as a result of there is a sense of bonding round a workforce and the place and other people it represents. The American Music Contest will faucet into that.
Will Ferrell’s hugely popular Eurovision-inspired comedy has directly laid the groundwork for the American Music Contest and confirmed there’s an urge for food for some model of it. The Netflix promoting push has little doubt helped. Forward of its launch, a buddy in Los Angeles despatched me a photograph of two large billboards selling the film on each side of Sundown Boulevard.
Eurovision was famously based within the aftermath of the Second World Warfare to carry folks collectively via track. Given the fractious local weather within the US, Individuals might relish an analogous alternative.
The inventive director and producer of The American Music Contest, Christer Björkman, is a former contestant on the present himself, having represented his house nation of Sweden in 1992.
“Eurovision has been a dream challenge ever since I used to be a baby,” he told Variety. “To have an opportunity to make use of every part you already know in regards to the format and redo it from the start and to carry it to an viewers that has no historical past with it’s such a privilege.”
Martin Österdahl, government supervisor of the Eurovision Music Contest, stated its “distinctive legacy dates again 65 years and its worldwide recognition continues to be rising”.
He added: “It is time for America to expertise this spectacle.”
This yr’s Eurovision Music Contest, which was because of be held in Rotterdam, was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s scheduled to return in 2021, however taking part nations must enter totally different songs to these that they had submitted for this yr.