On an American Equivalent to the Eurovision Contest

Saturday afternoon, my Twitter stream was filled with tweets on the Eurovision contest.

My only direct experience with the Eurovision contest is Father Ted‘s “A Song for Europe,” in which Ted and Dougal write an abominable song, “My Lovely Horse.”

The idea of the Eurovision contest, as I understand it, is that the various countries of Europe have songwriting contests, and each country sends their winning song to an international competition where it gets voted on. To me, this sounds like American Idol, but with songs instead of undiscovered artists.

What occurs to me is this.

Why doesn’t FOX or NBC stage an “Amerivision” song contest?

Imagine that the network affiliates in each state or territory and then a finals competition pits the top dozen against each other with viewers manning the phones and voting for what they like best?

Why FOX? Amerivision would be an interesting counter-point to American Idol or the curiously mutantless X-Factor.

Why NBC? It’s not like they have anything better to show. Who knows? They could even get a hit out of it.

Worse things have been put on the air, after all. And this could be the ticket for Hollywood’s next reality show producer. :h2g2:

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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