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Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson bring Eurovision to the United States.
The stars will hold an upcoming music competition in which artists from across the United States will compete for the title of best original hit.
NBC American song contest will feature live performances representing all 50 states, five territories and Washington, DC. There will be three rounds of competition, with the public having to choose a winning act by popular vote.
“An incredible solo artist, duo or group will represent each location and perform an original new song, celebrating the depth and variety of different styles and genres across America,” NBC said in a statement.
The contest was first announced in 2020, and Clarkson and Snoop Dogg were announced as hosts during a commercial that aired during the Super Bowl (during which the rapper was one of the show’s performers at the half time). The 56 contestants will be announced at a later date, NBC said.
The competition is based on the Eurovision Song Contest, which has been a global mainstay since its debut in 1956 and attracts some 200 million viewers each year, according to NBC. The two also share the same producers (the US show is also produced by those involved in the singing competition The voice).
“I have been a fan and love the concept of Eurovision and am thrilled to bring the musical phenomenon to America,” Clarkson said in a statement. “I’m so excited to work with Snoop and can’t wait to see every state and territory represented by artists sing their own songs.”
American song contest will premiere on Monday, March 21 and will run for eight weeks. The final is scheduled for May 9, which according to Eurovision is only a day before the Eurovision Song Contest first semi-final.
the Eurovision the semi-finals and final are available in the United States on sister streaming platform NBC Peacock under a two-year deal, according to Deadline.
Clarkson – who rose to fame as the winner of the first season of american idol – spoke about the competition in a Tuesday segment of The Kelly Clarkson Show.
She said she was thrilled that all regions of the United States were represented, stating, “We’re pretty divided as a nation.” And she applauded his focus on songwriting.
“There’s a lot of shows that have competitions with singers or artists or whatever, and it’s really cool because the best song wins,” Clarkson said, adding that working with Snoop Dogg is another strong point.
The rapper returned the compliment, writing in a statement, “I’m honored to host ‘American Song Contest’ alongside my little sister Kelly Clarkson aka Miss Texas.”
This story originally appeared on the morning edition live blog.