Olathe pop singer Broderick Jones is set to represent Kansas in the new television show “American Song Contest” hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson. The show, modeled after the popular Eurovision Song Contest premiered March 21.
The show features 56 contestants, one representing each state in the country, plus one from five territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, US Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands) and the nation’s capital in a bracket-style showdown. The multi-step competition will air over the course of six weeks.
Each week, ll contestants (12 one week) compete for recognition of the best original song. Four people will advance each week, one selected by a panel of industry professionals, and the other three voted on by the audience over a three day period – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The individuals who advance are announced the next week.
The contest is composed of a diverse group of singer, some as young and experienced as a high school student and some big name professionals, including: Michael Bolton representing Conneticut, R&B singer Macy Gray representing Ohio and Hip Hop artists Sysqo representing Maryland.
Jones, known for his smooth vocals and perfect blend of pop, R&B and rap, released his debut “Cuddle” in 2014 and quickly gained a great deal of local popularity. In 2016, Jones was featured on It’s Different’s song “Pokemon U” that was viewed more than one million times in less than 24 hours.
Since then, Jones has been featured on other successful works that have racked up more than 34 million views on YouTube alone.
In 2017, Jones released his first EP, “Me,” continuing to grow locally and worldwide. His newest single XYZ, in which we hear definite hints of Robin Thicke.
We were unable to uncover any additional information on what episode Jones will appear or what song he’s offering up for the competition.
After the first five elimination rounds, 22 people advance to the two-week semi-finals with 10 artists advancing to the finals, where a combination of jury and fan votes will determine the winner.
We failed to mention the show is hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson, the first winner of American Idol, who bring a unique upbeat blend to the program.