Jan Bors (who was the head of the Czech delegation for Eurovision) interviews a Eurovision related personas every Sunday on his YouTube channel.
Yesterday, he interviews one of the producers of “The American Song Contest” – we are talking about Ola Melzig from Sweden.
Since 2000, Melzig has handled technical production for 13 ESC finals and was seated as the Stage and Concert producer for two. Most recently, Melzig served as Head of Production for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The two of them discussed several issues, including the future of “The American Song Contest”. Here is what we can tell about it:
1. The show will be aired in a date between the end of 2021 to the spring of 2022.
2. Each of the participating states will have the right to determine their own selection process (national selection, internal selection, winner of televised music show and etc.)
3. The show will include 5 “heat shows” (or quarter finals). In each one of them, 10 US states will compete for 4 spots in the next round.
4. Thereafter, the 20 advanced states will be allocated into 2 semi-finals. From each semi-final, 5 states will qualify for the final. Which means, 10 states will compete in the grand final.
5. The format and system voting of the “heat shows”/ quarter finals will be similar to the Swedish “Melodifestivalen“. In the semi-finals and the grand final, the format will be identical to the one of Eurovision.
6. The winner of “The American Song Contest” will be in the interval act at the following Eurovision 2022 and the winner of Eurovision 2021 will be in the interval act at “The American Song Contest”.
7. One of the aims of the show is to expose the audience to unknown artists. Therefore, the American record labels will help the states to find their perfect artists.
You can watch the full interview on YouTube right here: