Fans demand Oklahoma K-Pop star AleXa be declared winner on American Song Contest

FANS of NBC’s new musical competition went crazy over K-Pop star AleXa, who performed in Monday’s season premiere.

The first episode of NBC’s American Song Contest aired Monday, and fans loved the American version of the famed Eurovision Song Contest.

Pop star AleXa represented Oklahoma with a performance of her original song Wonderland, featuring backup dancers and impressive choreography.

Fans of the singer took to Twitter to share their reactions to the song, some even calling it “the best performance ever.” Other fans are declaring AleXa as the clear-cut winner of the competition.

Host Kelly Clarkson was stunned by the performance, saying that it “brought the house down.”

The contest will play out over eight weeks, ahead of a finale on May 9.

Musicians from all 50 states, five surrounding territories, and Washington, DC will compete in the contest.

The participants who are already established, well-recognized performers include:

  • Macy Gray (Ohio)
  • Sisqó (Maryland)
  • Riker Lynch (Colorado)
  • Michael Bolton (Connecticut)
  • Jewel (Alaska)
  • Tenelle (American Somoa)
  • Justin Jesso (Illinois)
  • Jordan Smith (Kentucky)
  • Yam Haus (Minnesota)
  • The Crystal Method (Nevada)
  • ENISA (New York)
  • Alan Stone (Washington)
  • Judd Hoos (South Dakota)
  • AleXa (Oklahoma)

Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson have teamed up to host the brand new series.

Read our American Song Contest live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Michael Bolton’s home state

    Famous singer Michael Bolton represented his home state of Connecticut on the season premiere with an original song called Beautiful World.

  • Ready to Go

    The first original song on Monday’s premiere was by a band called Yam Haus from Minnesota.

    The band consists of four young men.

    The “yam” in their name stands for “You are meaningful.”

    Yam Haus’s family, friends, and fans were seen having a watch party for the show from St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • Eurovision in America

    Many Americans were introduced to Eurovision thanks to the Netflix movie starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams.

    The Story of Fire Saga was a hit Netflix comedy film that featured Ferrell and McAdams’s characters competing to perform at the Eurovision contest.

  • How does Eurovision work? Part three

    The winner is determined based on a point system, and the performer with the most points wins.

    The prize is a chance to perform the winning song yet again, a trophy, and their country getting the honor of hosting Eurovision the next year.

  • How does Eurovision work? Part two

    Six countries — France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, plus the host country — automatically pre-qualify for the semi-final.

    Everyone else has to qualify for the semi-final through competition.

    From there, the Grand Final takes place.

  • How does Eurovision work?

    Each participating broadcaster from each country submits their performers (no more than 6 people) and song (no more than 3 minutes).

    Countries either send their “rising star” or their hottest talent to perform.

    The selection process varies — sometimes, it’s by internal decision, and other times, it’s by a “voting” style process.

  • What is Eurovision?

    The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual international songwriting contest where European countries compete with extravagant musical productions.

    The contest started in 1956 and has been widely successful, bringing acclaimed artists like ABBA and Celine Dion to worldwide attention.

  • How much does Kelly Clarkson make on the Voice?

    Clarkson brings home $14million per season on The Voice.

    She started as a consultant on the show, beginning with the second season.

    Since the fourteenth season, however, Clarkson has been a full-time coach on the show.

  • What is American Song Contest? continued

    Plans to develop an American version of the song contest began circulating as early as 2006.

    It wasn’t until 2019, that Eurovision producers Christer Björkman and Ola Melzig secured the rights to launch an American adaptation.

    According to Björkman, various cities across Nevada and Florida have been considered for hosting duties, including Orlando, Tampa, and Las Vegas.

  • What is American Song Contest?

    Based on Eurovision, American Song Contest is a nationwide singing competition.

    Eurovision first debuted in 1956 and features artists from primarily European countries facing off with original music.

    In 1971, Eurovision was broadcast in the continental United States for the first time.

  • Who are the hosts? continued

    “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,” Kelly concluded.

    In 2021, Snoop and Kelly appeared together on the 20th season of The Voice, another singing competition.

    Kelly served as a coach, while Snoop came on as a mentor.

  • Who are the hosts?

    During the Super Bowl LVI halftime show on February 13, 2022, a promo aired for the American Song Contest announcing the hosts of the upcoming competition as Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson.

    “I am honored to host American Song Contest alongside my lil sis Kelly Clarkson, aka Miss Texas,” said Snoop in a statement.

    Kelly added: “I have been a fan and love the concept of Eurovision and am thrilled to bring the musical phenomenon to America.

  • ‘Fun, cute hosts’

    Fans have been expressing their love for the hosts on Twitter.

    “I’m legit loving it,” one viewer wrote.

  • The recognized contestants

    The participants who are already established, well-recognized performers include:

    • Macy Gray (Ohio)
    • Sisqó (Maryland)
    • Riker Lynch (Colorado)
    • Michael Bolton (Connecticut)
    • Jewel (Alaska)
    • Tenelle (American Somoa)
    • Justin Jesso (Illinois)
    • Jordan Smith (Kentucky)
    • Yam Haus (Minnesota)
    • The Crystal Method (Nevada)
    • ENISA (New York)
    • Alan Stone (Washington)
    • Judd Hoos (South Dakota)
    • AleXa (Oklahoma)
  • The amateur contestants

    The amateur contestants are:

    • Kelsey Lamb (Arkansas)
    • Ni/Co (Alabama)
    • Las Marías (Arizona)
    • Sweet Taboo (California)
    • Nitro Nitra (Delaware)
    • Ale Zabala (Florida)
    • Stela Cole (Georgia)
    • Jason J (Guam)
    • Bronson Varde (Hawaii)
    • Andrew Sheppard (Idaho)
    • UG Skywalkin (Indiana)
    • Alisabeth Von Presley (Iowa)
    • Broderick Jones (Kansas)
    • Brittany Pfantz (Louisiana)
    • King Kyote (Maine)
    • Jared Lee (Massachusetts)
    • Ada LeAnn (Michigan)
    • Keyone Starr (Mississippi)
  • Who are the contestants?

    Musicians from all 50 states, five surrounding territories, and Washington, DC will compete in the contest.

    On March 3, 2022, NBC revealed information regarding the participants competing in American Song Contest.

    The competitors include a mix of relatively unknown musicians, as well as singer-songwriters who already found mainstream success.

  • Can I stream American Song Contest?

    The competition series will also be available for streaming on a couple of different apps.

    For viewers who can’t catch the cable broadcasts of American Song Contest, they can access the show at their convenience through Hulu or Peacock.

  • Tonight’s jury selection

    The artist automatically moving on to the semifinals is Rhode Island’s Hueston, who performed the ballad Held On Too Long.

  • Jury members votes

    Each of the 56 contestants ranked their favorite song from the night, and the results are about to be revealed.

  • Brought to tears

    Snoop Dogg said that Hueston’s song “touched his heart.”

    “I almost cried,” the rapper said.

  • Rhode Island

    Artist Hueston is performing his ballad Held On Too Long as he represents Rhode Island.

    He performs in the spotlight alone as he belts the chorus to his emotional song.

  • Cowboy rapper

    Ryan Charles is representing Wyoming next with his song New Boot Goofin’.

    Before his performance, Ryan referred to himself as a “rapper from Wyoming.”

  • Vote Now

    Viewers across America can vote for their favorite performances from tonight’s episode until Wednesday morning at 7am ET.

    Voters have 10 votes they can cast for each of the 11 contestants.

    The three contestants with the highest number of votes will continue to the next round of the competition.

  • Pyrotechnics

    As Keyone Starr belts the chorus to her song Fire, pyrotechnics are going off on stage.

    The flames add a visual extravagance to the energetic performance.

  • Mississippi’s Starr

    Keyone Starr is up next, representing Mississippi with a song called Fire.


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