UNITED STATES – The format for the first-ever AMERICAN SONG CONTEST is finally explained. Through the SVT website, we learn how this project will work and it’s really complicated as it combines the USA mentality, the Melodifestivalen excitement and the Eurovision voting.
- Each show will feature 11 acts (one will feature 12) so in total we will have 56 acts as already announced.
- From each show, three acts will be qualified to the semi-finals by the public.
- The announcement of the public voting will take place in the next show as the voting will be ongoing for a week (there is no clear understanding of what will happen with the show before the first semi-final)
- From each show in this phase, 1 more act will proceed to the semi-finals by the jury.
- The jury qualifier will be announced during the current show each time, unknown if that artist will perform again or not.
- The jury in this phase will be membered by 1 person from the music industry for each state.
- No mention, whether the juries will give their votes during the show, or there will be just an announcement (We would definitely prefer a voting sequence).
- If you do the maths above, you would expect 20 acts in the semi-finals. But that’s not the case.
- There will be 22 acts. The two extra acts will be added to the semis based on the success, popularity and virality until the shows and will be called redemption acts.
- From each semi-final, five acts will proceed to the final, based on combined voting of the juries and the public and the results are announced in the next semi-final as well.
- In the final, 10 acts will compete. The winner will be decided by juries and the public. The voting sequence will be the same as the Eurovision one. The juries will award their top points and then the public voting will be announced as we are used to in Europe, starting with the total public votes per song, from the bottom to the top of the current voted acts by the juries.
Keep in mind that the live show is on NBC every Monday at 8/7c, which means it will be available (for those who can watch NBC or their platform) at 0100/0200 CEST. So far, the European broadcasters acquiring the broadcasting rights, have set their broadcasts for a delayed time and day!
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