We cannot believe we are typing this, but 'The Eurovision Song Contest' is heading over to the States.
That's right people, today is a very strange news day indeed. In 2021, not only will we have a regular run of the mill Eurovision in Rotterdam (with us having missed out this year), but there will also be 'The American Song Contest' to tune into. I think we need a swift listen to Eimear Quinn's 'The Voice' to settle our nerves.
It seems that Netflix's parody movie about the song competition may have seen so popular on the streaming platform that it sparked the idea. 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga' starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams potentially caused the idea to have been created. Americans already think of Europe as this mad haven of alt-pop realness, so we might as well bring it over to them in spades.
'The American Song Contest' is due to kick off in the winter of 2021. In a statement released by the song contest, the idea as it currently stands will see between five to 10 quarterfinal competitions take place, which will lead to semifinals and a grand final.
It also states that all 50 states of America can compete in the competition, the best entries for each state chosen by their very own academy. This academy will be made up of music professionals based in the States that represent all music genres and backgrounds and will create juries who, along with the regional audiences, will select top talent from each state. These representatives will also be made up of six members, just like our own competition. This all seems much more rigid than our European way of doing things.
Martin Österdahl, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest said: "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."
In the past few years of the grand finale of 'The Eurovision Song Contest', both Justin Timberlake and Madonna have performed as part of the interval act. It looks like this type of venture won't be happening again in future competitions, and will instead happen during this new contest.
Let's just hope the campness, the hilarity, and the sheer thrill of what is the very nature of the Eurovision is able to translate well in the States.