American Song Contest: Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson to host US version of Eurovision Song Contest

US rapper Snoop Dogg and singer Kelly Clarkson are to host the new American Song Contest, modelled on the long-running Eurovision Song Contest.

The live singing competition will feature artists from all 50 states.

Snoop Dogg said he was honoured to be anchoring it “alongside my lil sis Kelly Clarkson, aka Miss Texas”.

Clarkson added: “I have been a fan and love the concept of Eurovision and am thrilled to bring the musical phenomenon to America.”

The star, who rose to fame by winning the first season of American Idol in 2002, added: “I’m so excited to work with Snoop and can’t wait to see every state and territory represented by artists singing their own songs.”

The contest will feature 56 singers, duos or bands – one from each state, plus the capital Washington, DC and five US territories – who will compete for the honour of having the country’s best new original hit song.

The eight-week TV show will premiere on 21 March on NBC, with the grand final scheduled for 9 May.

The Eurovision Song Contest has been a mainstay in the showbiz calendar in Europe and beyond since it began in 1956.

This year’s event will take place in Turin, after Italian rock band Måneskin won in 2021 with their song Zitti E Buoni – which went on to become a top 20 UK hit.

Their victory was watched by an average TV audience of 7.8 million on BBC One in the UK, making it the most-watched final since 2014.

The news about the American Song Contest comes in the aftermath of Snoop Dogg’s performance alongside Dr Dre, Eminem, Mary J Blige and Kendrick Lamar at Sunday’s Super Bowl half-time show.

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