Turn Netflix off for the next eight weeks and tune into NBC for a new competitive reality show, American Song Contest. Music artists from all 50 states, five U.S. territories and Washington, D.C., will perform original songs as they compete for America’s votes in an eight-week live event ending with a grand prize winner for the Best Original Song. Little Rock native and country music artist Kelsey Lamb will be representing the state of Arkansas with her original music.
“When I first heard about this show and started the audition process, I had zero hopes of getting picked,” Lamb says. “Not because I’m not confident in myself as a songwriter and artist, but because there’s so much talent coming out of Arkansas that I’m up against. I couldn’t believe it when I got the call that I was being chosen to represent my home state. I am so excited and nervous all at the same time.”
American Song Contest is based on the globally-known Eurovision Song Contest organized by the European Broadcasting Union and watched by 200 million viewers every year. Bringing the famous competition to the United States, solo artists, duos, DJs or bands will represent each state or territory with performances of new, original songs in different styles and genres. The live competition will consist of three rounds as the contestants compete in a series of Qualifying Rounds, Semi-Finals and the ultimate Grand Final.
“As we are getting closer to the show beginning, and finalizing the details, I’m beyond excited. I genuinely don’t know how to put into words the butterflies that I have in my stomach. They aren’t like normal butterflies — it’s just different. I am so honored to represent my home state, I’m honored to be on a show that is bringing the whole country together with music, and that’s also promoting original music,” Lamb says. “This is such a cool experience and I’m thrilled to be part of the first season here in America!”
Photo courtesy Kelsey Lamb.