– King Kyote is representing Maine in NBC’s “American Song Contest.”


King Kyote will represent Maine in NBC’s American Song Contest. Photo by Jukebooth Productions

Portland singer-songwriter King Kyote will represent Maine in NBC’s new live music competition, American Song Contest, which features artists from across the country.

The show, which will air March 21 at 8 p.m. and will be hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson, is a partnership between the network and Atlantic Records.

The “American Song Contest” features a total of 56 artists from the 50 states, five US territories and Washington, DC, who will compete for the country’s choice for the best hit song. Competitors range from undiscovered artists and rising stars to former hitmakers like Jewel, Sisqo and Michael Bolton.

The season consists of eight episodes and airs on Mondays. NBC hasn’t said which King will star Kyote, whose real name is Jon King and grew up in York. During each competition week, Atlantic Records will release a set of songs at midnight. Three qualifying rounds are followed by the semifinals and then the grand finals, in which one state or territory is crowned the winner.

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