Why do we love talent shows so much? We cannot pinpoint one reason, but here are some of our thoughts that might answer this question. Designed with a fan-interactive formula, these reality TV programs feature skilled individuals from different races, ages, genders, styles, and backgrounds. But none of such factors matter. What counts is their exceptional and unmatched skill. Even the audience starts rooting for their success when they are given a say in the choices by means of text voting.
To cite an example, NBC’s ‘The Voice’, was the reason behind the network’s highest ratings in years. Now, adding to its list, the channel has come up with another music-based competition. However, here, the context is a bit different. Instead of a regular singing talent show, ‘Songland’ is a songwriting contest series. Well-known producers mentor undiscovered songwriters, giving them the opportunity to release a song with a superstar artist and make it a hit. Executive produced by Audrey Morrissey (who is also associated with ‘The Voice’), Ivan Dudynsky, Dave Stewart, Chad Hines, and Adam Levine, ‘Songland’ premieres on NBC on May 28, 2019.
Songland Cast: Who is in it?
‘Songland’ features three of the best and leading producers from the music industry, who team up with aspiring lyricists to offer them a chance of making the next big hit for one leading star from the music industry. The team includes Ryan Tedder, lead vocalist of One Republic and the producer behind The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Adele, and Beyonce; Ester Dean, producer of Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Nikki Minaj; and Shane McAnally, Producer of Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, and Sam Hunt.
Songland Plot: What is it about?
Billed as a “one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters”, ‘Songland’ offers this incredible chance to upcoming songwriters to be exposed in front of the global audience by having their song recorded by an award-winning artist — under the guidance of three music producers who are behind the maximum number of hits in the musical domain. The submissions can be from anyone, from individuals of all walks of life. They can be upcoming lyricists, music students, stay-at-home moms, bartenders, or school teachers. There’s no restriction. The only condition is unlimited, honest talent.
The concept of ‘Songland’, formulated by Dave Stewart, Audrey Morrissey, and Ivan Dudynsky, follows a one-winner-per-episode format. Interested candidates submit two songs via songlandcasting.com, which they can present to a number of songwriters or producers. As they fill up the registration form, it is mandatory that they mention all these names. Of course, there are certain conditions, such as the material created must be 100% original, unpublished, and complete with lyrics and music. Before entering the contest, participants cannot be part of any publishing deal. Each submission must belong to either of these 14 genres: alternative, Blues, Christian and Gospel, Country, Dance and Electronic, Hip Hop/Rap, Indie, Latin, Pop, R&B/Soul, Reggae, Rock and Singer/Songwriter.
Every episode introduces us to five songwriters who give a performance of their original tracks before the music producers and a chart-topping recording artist. The panel judges the contestant on the basis of his song’s lyrics, arrangements, beats, melody, and story. They then discuss and decide as to how they can develop the participants to match the style of that week’s recording artist. After this round, the latter finalizes three songwriters and pairs each with the best-suited producer for him or her. The episode concludes with announcing one winner whose song shall be recorded and released as the artist’s next single.