“American Song Contest”: Here are the 56 acts competing
“American Song Contest,” one of the most hotly anticipated TV talent shows to come around in quite some time, premieres on NBC at 6 p.m. March 21.
The live music competition is hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson and features acts from every state as well as five territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Washington D.C.
All told, there will be 56 acts taking part in this reality competition television series, which is based on the popular Eurovision Song Contest. The acts will each be performing an original song, as opposed to the covers usually featured on these types of talent shows. Like with Eurovision, it is the the song and the state it represents — not the musical act — that is being voted on.
The series features several already well-established stars, including some that have sold millions of albums during their careers. Performers include Jewel, Michael Bolton, Macy Gray and Allen Stone
The series is set to run 8 p.m. Mondays through May 9. There are three rounds of competition — qualifying, semi-finals and finals — and viewers can vote for their favorites.
More details on the show and the voting are here.
Here’s a break down of the contestants, listed alphabetically by state/territory:
Alabama: Ni/Co — Pop duo began gaining popularity in 2019 with its YouTube videos.
Alaska: Jewel — Multiplatinum-selling singer-songwriter known for such hits as “Who Will Save Your Soul.”
American Samoa: Tenelle — Her 2017 debut album, “For the Lovers,” topped the Billboard reggae chart.
Arizona: Las Marías — The group, featuring twins Maria Isabel and Maria Teresa, has released five albums.
Arkansas: Kelsey Lamb — Country music artist known for single “Little by Little.”
California: Sweet Taboo — SoCal troupe that mixes Latin, hip-hop, R&B and pop in its music.
Colorado: Riker Lynch — Artist mixes rock, reggae and other styles in his songs.
Connecticut: Michael Bolton — Multi-Grammy winner has sold more than 65 million albums.
Delaware: Nitro Nitra — Soul-rock singer who has been described as “transcendent.”
Florida: Ale Zabala — Latin-pop artist has been writing songs since the age of 13.
Georgia: Stela Cole — Pop artist who finds inspiration in the Atlanta hip-hop scene.
Guam: Jason J. — Known for his blend of reggae and alternative music.
Hawaii: Bronson Varde — His music is influenced by the reggae music he grew up listening to in Hawaii.
Idaho: Andrew Sheppard — Bringing the “heartland rock” to listeners.
Illinois: Justin Jesso — Has written songs for Kygo, Ricky Martin, Hrvy, AJ Mitchell, the Backstreet Boys and Armin van Buuren.
Indiana: UG skywalkin — Hip-hop artist from Uganda, who now calls Indiana home.
Iowa: Alisabeth Von Presley — Pop-rock star known for her live performances
Kansas: Broderick Jones — Singer-songwriter whose goal is reportedly to “become the biggest artist ever from Kansas.” So, move over Joe Walsh!
Kentucky: Jordan Smith — Winner of season 9 of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Louisiana: Brittany Pfantz — Soulful singer who mixes rock, pop and gospel in her music.
Maine: King Kyote — The artist’s music is reportedly evocative of “a night of whiskey drinking in a cabin among the Maine pines.”
Maryland: Sisqó — Cue up “The Thong Song”!
Massachusetts: Jared Lee — Singer-songwriter-producer whose music has been streamed some 80 million times.
Michigan: Ada LeAnn — 16-year-old artist reportedly “wants to be a voice for teens like herself to show them they’re not alone.”
Minnesota: Yam Haus — The band is said to “bring ‘Minnesota Nice’ to the dance floor.”
Mississippi: Keyone Starr — Grammy-nominated artist is inspired by Mississippi blues.
Missouri: Brett Seper — Pop artist pays homage to his hometown of Fredericktown in his music.
Montana: Jonah Prill — Country music from Billings, Montana.
Nebraska: Jocelyn — Singer-songwriter known for “insightful lyrics and inspiring music.”
Nevada: The Crystal Method — Grammy-nominated electronic music act from Las Vegas.
New Hampshire: MARi — Singer combines “powerhouse pipes with a larger-than-life personality.”
New Jersey: Brooke Alexx — The singer-songwriter’s “coming-of-age lyrics” are reportedly inspired by her upbringing in New Jersey.
New Mexico: Khalisol — The artist combines soul, hip-hop and rap in his music.
New York: ENISA — Brooklyn artist creates soul-pop with Middle Eastern flourishes.
North Carolina: John Morgan — Now based in Nashville, Grammy-nominated country artist hails from North Carolina.
North Dakota: Chloe Fredericks — She was raised on country music, but also finds inspiration in pop.
Northern Mariana Islands: Sabyu — Artist combines reggae, soul and jazz in his music.
Ohio: Macy Gray — Grammy-winning R&B/soul artist known for such hits as “I Try.”
Oklahoma: AleXa — Born in Tulsa, this pop artist is now based in South Korea.
Oregon: courtship. — Indie-pop duo featuring Micah Gordon and Eli Hirsch.
Pennsylvania: Bri Steves — Multitalented vocalist from Philadelphia.
Puerto Rico: Christian Pagán — The first-ever winner of “Idol Puerto Rico.”
Rhode Island: Hueston — His music is described as “mysterious and gritty.”
South Carolina: Jesse LeProtti — Music draws soul, pop, R&B and more.
South Dakota: Judd Hoos — Indie-rock band has its own brand of IPA, dubbed “Hoos Joos.”
Tennessee: Tyler Braden — Former firefighter turned rising country star.
Texas: Grant Knoche — Known for his bass-heavy pop music.
United States Virgin Islands: Cruz Rock — Artist blends Caribbean, American and Latin styles.
Utah: Savannah Keyes — Country-pop artist was just 13 when she appeared on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Vermont: Josh Panda — Vocalist draws on everything from Americana to disco.
Virginia: Almira Zaky — R&B singer-songwriter influenced by the music of the ’90s and ’00s.
Washington: Allen Stone — He’s gained a sizable following with his mix of rock, pop, folk, soul and funk.
Washington, D.C.: NËITHER — Artist has worked with such acclaimed artists as Ty Dolla $ign and Childish Gambino.
West Virginia: Alexis Cunningham — She got her start posting folk songs on YouTube.
Wisconsin: Jake’O — Music blends rock, R&B and more.
Wyoming: Ryan Charles — Described as a “Western rapper,” the artist “takes the cowboy lifestyle to ’00s rap.”
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