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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a song and music competition, but the overall message is that the United States boasts diverse musical traditions and talent across the country. It also contradicts stereotypes about people who live in specific states.
Positive Role Models
The hosts are positive and excited, as is the talent and studio audience. Participants talk about their backgrounds, what inspires them, and why they are proud to represent their state, district, or territory.
The hosts and singers come from all walks of life, and are of diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some innuendo in lyrics, and women in tight clothes are sometimes seen doing some sexy dance moves.
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The language is pretty clean, but lyrics occasionally feature an occasional strong word (like "hell").
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Products & Purchases
T-Mobile is a show sponsor and is often referenced. Songs are released and promoted by Atlantic Records; the opportunity to download the music is made available throughout the show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (cocktails) rarely shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that American Song Contest, an adaptation of Eurovision Song Contest, is a musical competition show. It features singers and musical performances from a range of musical traditions and genres from across the country. There's some occasional mild language and innuendo, often in the form of song lyrics and sexy dance performances that accompany some of the numbers. There's some occasional drinking, too. T-Mobile is a sponsor of the series, and is mentioned when referring to the app used to cast votes. Songs are available for download, too. Overall, it's a fun and positive series that challenges some stereotypes, and showcases the diversity of music and performers from across the country.
Is It Any Good?
This positive, energetic series features singers and bands from across the country performing different genres of music for kudos and national exposure. Many of the singers are up-and-coming, and some are enjoying success in their own states, territories, and even abroad. Adding to the mix are some internationally well-known singers representing their states, including Connecticut's Michael Bolton and and Alaska's Jewel. Adding to the fun is the fact that a lot of singers challenge stereotypes about different states, and the people who live there, as they highlight how their music is inspired by, and infused with, a diverse range of cultural traditions and experiences. Regardless of what state you're from, or who you are rooting for, American Song Contest offers lots of fun and lively performances that will keep you entertained.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.