Eurovision America, an American version of the Eurovision Song Contest is being explored by the European Broadcasting Union.
In an interview with Eurovision Fan House, Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest confirmed that the European Broadcasting Union is looking at the possibility of creating an American version of the Eurovision Song Contest. Jon Ola Sand stated;
We also want to see if it’s possible to create an American version of the Eurovision Song Contest, although we haven’t concluded that yet.
Discussions about an American version of the Eurovision Song Contest have taken place on a number of occasions. Discussions while Jon Ola Sand has been the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest first surfaced during the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. At the time Jon Ola Sand confirmed that the EBU was in contact with producers in the US to see if it was possible to stage a similar contest in the United States. The contest would change from countries to a contest between the states.
This is not the first time that an American version of the Eurovision Song Contest has been discussed. Back in 2006 ahead of the 51st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece it was announced that NBC had secured the rights to a Eurovision Song Contest for the United States. The premise of the contest was simple bring singers from all of the 50 states of the United States of America plus the District of Columbia together to find the best singer in the United States. The contest was announced as a response to the ratings hit “American Idol” run by FOX. Read more about the plans here.
The Eurovision Song Contest has only made it onto American television screens in the past two years. The EBU has signed an agreement with Viacom which sees the final of the Eurovision Song Contest broadcast live on Logo TV. The live broadcast of the final was watched by 64,000 viewers in 2017, up 12,000 over the first broadcast in 2016.
Source: Eurovision Fan House
Note: Eurovision America is not the confirmed name for the proposed event. Eurovision America, has been used in this article based on the naming of Eurovision Asia.