NBC to launch Eurovision not-so-clone

February 13th, 2006 | by Andrew Ó Baoill |

NBC plans to launch a ‘Eurovision-style’ contest, with the winner gaining a recording contract. Funny thing is, the Eurovision song contest is actually won by a songwriter, not by a performer. So the ’50 states, 50 entrants’ thing is kind of like the Eurovision, but the concentration on performers rather than songs – not that Eurovision isn’t also about the performers – means that this proposal isn’t really all that different from Pop/American Idol. Unless they really overplay the cultural differences between those from urban and rural states (or other stereotypes regarding cultural differences) – but that presumes that shows like Idol don’t already do this….

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