Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson are set to host an upcoming musical competition in which performers from across the U.S. will vie for the title of the best original hit.
NBC's American Song Contest will feature live performances representing all 50 states, five territories, and Washington, D.C. There will be three rounds of competition, with audiences set to choose one winning act by popular vote.
"An incredible solo artist, duo, or a band will represent each location and perform a new original song, celebrating the depth and variety of different styles and genres across America," NBC said in a release.
The competition show was first announced in 2020, and Clarkson and Snoop Dogg were announced as hosts during an advertisement that ran during the Super Bowl (at which the rapper was one of the halftime show performers). The 56 competitors will be announced at a later date, NBC said.
"I am honored to host 'American Song Contest' alongside my Lil sis Kelly Clarkson, aka Miss Texas," said Snoop Dogg in a statement.
Added Clarkson: "I have been a fan and love the concept of Eurovision and am thrilled to bring the musical phenomenon to America. 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."
Clarkson and Snoop Dogg appeared together on Season 20 of NBC's The Voice, with Clarkson serving as a recurring coach and Snoop Dogg as a mega mentor.
American Song Contest is based on the Eurovision Song Contest, organized for 65 years by the European Broadcasting Union and watched by 200 million viewers annually. The NBC series will premiere on March 21, 8-10 p.m. ET/PT from the NBCUniversal lot.
The series will run for eight weeks on Monday nights, with the Grand Final scheduled for May 9, just ahead of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, consisting of two semifinals on May 10 and 12, followed by the final on May 14.
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