Details about the inaugural American Song Contest have been revealed today at a press conference in Israel.
Brain Academy, a Swedish production company, has secured the rights to develop a Eurovision Song Contest spin-off in the United States, named the American Song Contest. A contract was signed in the past two weeks for the contest to be developed, with a planned launch in 2021.
The CEO of Brain Academy said:
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.
Jon Ola Sand issued a statement saying:
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. 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.
The contest is set to feature just the United States, but other countries can take part as it grows. More details will be released closer to the launch in 2021.
Eurovision in the USA
In 2006 ahead of the 51st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece it was announced that NBC had secured the rights to a Eurovision Song Contest for the United States.
After the initial media reports in February 2006 talk about the contest dried up. The Production company Reveille now known as Endemol Shine North America released no further information about the contest. Reports continued on the contest from various media outlets about the contest including Metro who reported the contest would be a multi-week event.
Source: Hollywood Reporter