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What Is Eurovision, the Show That Inspired American Song Contest?

It's been around since 1956.

Asc Eurovision Explainer

This article originally appeared on NBC Insider.

NBC's American Song Contest is shaping up to be one of the biggest music competition shows ever. Hosted by Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg, the show will center on 56 Artists—one representing each of the 50 states, five territories, and Washington D.C.—who perform their own songs. Through a series of rounds, viewers will vote until one Act is victorious and wins the coveted title of Best Original Song. 

If that concept sounds familiar to you, then you're probably a fan of Eurovision Song Contest, the long-running music competition series in Europe. The formats are very similar, and in fact ASC was inspired by Eurovision. But if you're not familiar, no worries. Ahead of American Song Contest's premiere on Monday, March 21, we're giving you a crash-course on Eurovision. Click on over to NBC Insider and get all the details —and get obsessed.

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