The competition has announced that its American version, dubbed the American Song Contest, will be held for the first time in 2022.
All 50 states, along with five US territories and Washington, DC, will compete for the title of Best Original Song.
“An incredible solo artist, duo, DJ or band will represent each location performing an original song, celebrating the different styles and genres across America,” one reads in part.
NBC acquired the rights to the program in the United States.
The competition will take place live and in three stages: the qualifying rounds, the semi-finals and the grand final.
The winner will be determined by “fan votes” as well as by “a jury of music industry professionals” who “will bring their expertise to the competition”.
In Europe, the first Eurovision Song Contest was held in 1956. The participating countries are members of the European Broadcasting Union, an alliance of media organizations.
“For 65 years, the Eurovision Song Contest has connected people from all over. As the owners of this hugely popular format, we have seen how it has found its way into millions of hearts across Europe and beyond, ”said Martin Österdahl, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, in a press release.
“We are now delighted to have found the perfect partners to share this unique competition and its passionate celebration of original music and songs with the American people.”
The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 competition is expected to take place this month in Rotterdam.