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NBC’s American Song Contest – the latest music reality series imported from Europe

Today, we talk with Swedish producers who brought the American Song Contest to the U.S., and Texas contestant Grant Knoche on what it’s like performing on the show. Plus, American YouTube blogger Alesia Michelle shares her viewpoint on the history of Eurovision.


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AMERICAN SONG CONTEST — "The Live Qualifiers Premiere" Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Snoop Dogg, Kelly Clarkson — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)



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Do you love singing competitions?

The latest is the American Song Contest, airing Monday nights at 7 pm on NBC and available on Peacock streaming. It's inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest – with all 50 states, U.S. territories and DC vying for the top prize.

What are the challenges of producing such a massive reality competition? What is it really like behind the scenes?

The producers from Sweden will share how they were able to bring the American Song Contest to the U.S., how they picked the acts, and the voting process.

And fresh off of his “Mr. Independent” performance this week, 19-year-old Dallas singer and self-taught musician Grant Knoche will talk about his upbringing and give insight on what went into his stage production.

We also talk to a self-proclaimed "Favorite American Eurovision Fan" and YouTube blogger who's been following Eurovision for over a decade.


Anders Lenhoff and Christer Björkman

  • Executive Producers of NBC's American Song Contest

Grant Knoche

  • Texas contestant on American Song Contest

Alesia Michelle

  • Eurovision blogger and YouTuber

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