The Eurovision Song Contest is heading to the United States. The first-ever American Song Contest will be premiering during the 2021 holiday season. The show “will welcome musical artists and bands from each of the 50 states and across every musical genre, to perform all original songs on the live televised event.” Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most popular televised events in the world and over 200 million people tune in each year. It has help launch the careers of artists including previous winners Celine Dion and ABBA.
The American version will be welcoming both amateur artists and stars who already have huge careers. “The American version of the Eurovision Song Contest will, as it is currently conceived, position the artists head to head against other states’ representatives in a series of 5-10 televised Qualifier Competitions, leading to Semi-Finals and the ultimate primetime Grand Final,” according to the Eurovision site. The representatives of each state can be solo artists, duos or bands with up to six members.
As for Eurovision proper, Netflix is the new home for U.S. fans who want to watch the competition, having picked up streaming rights to the 2019 and what would've been the 2020 events.
The Eurovision contest was recently spoofed in the Will Ferrell Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, which gave the comedian his first entry on the Billboard songs chart when “Husavik” debuted at No. 16 on the Digital Song Sales chart dated July 11th.