UNITED STATES (LOS ANGELES) – The American Song Contest winner is AleXa! The K-pop Artist from Oklahoma received a substantial amount of America’s votes in the Grand Final, catapulting her to first place in the competition. Her winning song is called “Wonderland.”
The organization by NBC and MPRM COMMUNICATIONS was simply excellent and the oikotimes editors in Los Angeles felt like home. We tried to bring the fan spirit to the show and from your feedback, we now know that we succeed in it.
The show itself was running smoothly despite the new feature for us (the constant commercial breaks) but that’s how the American television works and we respect that. After all, this was a very expensive show and we hope NBC keeps it at this level.
Regarding the results, we all knew that the betting odds were so steady for OKLAHOMA and it was almost impossible to lose the public voting. But the winner was a fair one. ALEXA gave us a stunning performance and a show. She was indeed among our favourites (keeping in mind our European and Eurovision taste). From the finalists, it is no secret that we loved the songs of ALABAMA and TEXAS. We are also sad to see other beloved songs of ours not qualifying for the final such as NEW MEXICO, NEW HAMPSHIRE, CALIFORNIA, and MICHIGAN to mention a few.
What we didn’t like at all, was the jury voting. But then again, we almost never like the Eurovision jury voting. But this is not the end with the jury. We were confused and distracted by the juries being grouped into regional juries. It will be interesting to see the detailed results per state and what that would have meant for a complete Eurovision voting way. We hope NBC o release them and does not make the 1956 Eurovision mistake to keep them a secret, damaging the image of the project.
The gaps were enormous and although brought excitement created confusion. Instead, it would be nice to see a presentation for the jury as the public voting. It would have been clearer. But at the same time, we loved to see some spokespersons to deliver the regional grouped state votes.
Not sure how this project can survive. Although we must wait to see the grand final’s TV ratings, it is clear that the marathon of eight shows is not working. Not because it is a marathon but there were mishaps.
There are no organised press releases, the official website is almost never updated on time, and there is no communication of press releases with the press or any attention to the dedicated followers. There are no press conferences, there are no organised interview sessions, there are no endorsements by celebrities and no interval acts (something which happily changed in the final). It is still unknown if the winner will travel to Turin although in November we knew it would happen. There is no information about the hosting city of the event when the winner is declared.
Overall, there is an attempt to do an American Eurovision but that wasn’t Eurovision. Besides the state entrants and the voting (almost) sequence, nothing else was Eurovision. Only the trophy, which we saw tonight and is the same as the Eurovision edition in a golden version. Even the states are not exactly represented. Most artists were chosen from a state, that already live in Los Angeles.
Not to mention of course the state selection was made by NBC auditions, with no interference from any state and regional institution. Of course, we understand that there are no state broadcasters, regionally, but still, this could have brought bigger interest.
It was also a messy voting process. You could vote through three options in a vague way and the states could vote for their own representative.
NBC you did a great show, which was something we loved and cheered but since you bought the Eurovision format, you need to make it more “Eurovision”. We hope that the pandemic restrictions are the cause and in 2023 we will see something greater and something more Eurovision, in case, of course, the USA organisers care to see the European fans being attracted to it.
For Europe, the mistake was huge. Some countries bought the ASC rights for broadcast but the transmission was only on their platforms and with a day of delay. We all know that those interested in ASC were already informed on Twitter where all videos were freely available and there was no need to watch them somewhere else.
There are a lot of lessons to be taught and if NBC wanna argue anything or my personal review, I welcome and will immediately host their response.
In any case, for what it was, NBC did a great job and ALEXA is indeed a deserved winner!
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