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Eurovision set to go stateside as ‘American Song Contest’

Eurovision set to go stateside as ‘American Song Contest’

Netta Barzilai wins at last year's Eurovision | Photo: BBC

Eurovision has gotten the green light to go stateside as North America gets its own ‘American Song Contest.’

Rumors have long swirled that the US was getting its own version of the camptastic competition, but the Hollywood Reporter confirmed it’s in development for a 2021 release.

The long-running televised international show – with the finals of the 64th Eurovision airing this Saturday (18 May) – sees each country submit an original song and the public vote for the best. At least 50 countries are eligible to perform.

‘American Song Contest’?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has trusted Swedish production company Brain Academy with the exclusive licence for the format to be shopped in the US.

The company’s goal is to launch the US off-shoot for 2021.

‘Outside of sports, the Eurovision Song Contest is the biggest TV show on Earth, it unites a continent and everybody gets to vote,’ said Peter Settman, CEO and creative director of Brain Academy.

‘We can’t wait to introduce this wonderful competition to the biggest TV market in the world.

‘TV/video audiences are getting bigger every year so this is the perfect time to bring this exciting show to the American public.’

‘It’s time for Eurovision to go stateside’

While still in development, the US adaptation will presumably see American states compete against one another.

‘For over six decades the Eurovision Song Contest, powered by public service media, has brought audiences together with its values of diversity, universality and inclusivity,’ said Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of Eurovision for the EBU.

‘As part of the EBU’s overall strategy to grow the brand it’s time for Eurovision to go stateside to reach even more viewers.

‘We’re delighted that this growth will be overseen by some of the people that have created some of its’ brightest moments.’

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