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Eurovision Song Contest heads to the US

Will Ferrell has a lot to answer for

America will get its own version of the Eurovision Song Contest next year.

The American Song Contest is set to debut towards the end of 2021. It will feature performers from each of the 50 states who will perform on the live televised event.

“Imagine if music was an Olympic sport and artists from all over the world came together to compete for the gold. That’s the Eurovision Song Contest,” said the US version’s producers.

“The American version will be different than anything seen before on US television, marrying the fanfare and excitement of March Madness and the NFL playoffs with the artistry and beauty of world-class performances. The American Song Contest is a competition that happens to be televised, rather than a contest created to make a television show.”

Martin Österdahl, executive supervisor, Eurovision Song Contest, added: “The Eurovision Song Contest’s unique legacy dates back 65 years and its worldwide popularity is still rising. It’s time for America to experience this spectacle, through its sister competition, The American Song Contest. Love of music is universal and celebration of music in different genres and styles can transcend boundaries and unite people. We are excited to have found the right partners to offer another series that our fans across the globe can fall in love with and to share this unique competition with the American people.”