What is the American Song Contest?
The new singing competition hopes to draw upon the success of Eurovision across the pond, but faces an uphill battle to reach the television heights.
How does the voting system work in America Song Contest?
In each of five heats, eleven or twelve artists compete in each; one from each state or territory. Four artists qualify for the semi-finals from each heat.
At the end of each heat, a jury will select one qualifier. Each jury includes a musical expert from each state or territory, having 56 in total. One act from each heat goes through to the semi-finals based solely upon this vote. Three more acts progress based upon a combination of the jury and a public vote. These three acts will be announced at the beginning of the next week's episode.
There will be two semi-finals with ten artists each as well as a wildcard that did not make it through the heats.
Ten finalists make it through to the grand final with two chosen directly by the jury. The rest, a combination like the heats.
The winner will be decided by a combination of jury and public voting.
When and where is the grand final of American Song Contest?
The final will be held in Los Angeles, California.
The programme will happen live at 8pm EDT / 7pm CDT.
Which countries participate in American Song Contest?
Only the US is involved with the programme, as it is an intra-country competition. However, it is not just the 50 states which are included. All US territories are included, as well as Washington D.C.
The territories are: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.