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.
NBC’s ‘The Voice’ was the reason behind the network’s highest ratings in years. Now, the channel has another music-based competition that is proving to be a hit among audiences. 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’ first premiered on NBC on May 28, 2019. Now the question is whether there will a ‘Songland’ season 2. Here’s everything we know.
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.
Even though it is not confirmed yet, but we expect that the team of Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean and Shane McAnally to return for season 2.
Songland Plot: What is it about?
Billed as a “one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters”, ‘Songland’ offers an 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.
The mega-recording artist varies from episode to episode. For example, the premiere episode had Charlie Puth in this role. He is a three-time Grammy nominee. Other guest artists in season 1 included famous musicians such as The Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Macklemore, Charlie Puth, Kelsea Ballerini, Will.I.Am, OneRepublic, Aloe Blacc, Old Dominion, and Leona Lewis.
Songland Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Songland season 1 premiered on NBC on May 28, 2019. On July 2, 2019, the show goes on a short break and returned on air from August 14, 2019 onwards. The first season concluded its entire run of 11 episodes on September 11, 2019.
As far the next season goes, we have good news for the fans. On September 10, 2019, NBC renewed the show for another season. The tremendous success of NBC’s parallel, long-running show, ‘The Voice’ must have been one of the reasons to renew the show. Even though no release date was revealed in the announcement, Songland season 2 will most likely premiere sometime in May, 2020. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
Head over to NBC to check the clips and trailers of the first season of the show.
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