NBC’s music competition series American Song Contest
, featuring live performances representing the fifty states, US territories, and the nation’s capital, first premiered over a month ago. Boasting both new and established artists, the series is based on the international series, Eurovision Song Contest
. Legendary singer and songwriter Michael Bolton took to the stage in the first round to represent Connecticut with his song “Beautiful World.” Last night, he performed once more during the semi-finals.
According to the Grammy winner, who spoke with SciFi Vision recently, when he was asked to represent his state, he knew right away he wanted to do it. “It was a no brainer,” said Bolton. “Connecticut is where I was born and raised and where I still live today. I have so many vivid memories of growing up there, trying to get my cassette tapes into local record stores, playing gigs at bars I was too young to be in, busking on the streets to get a slice of pizza and a soft drink. There was a very supportive community for young artists there, and I am grateful for the support I received over the years.”
The series reminded him of his roots. “It’s such a great platform for singer songwriters to be able to share new music to a large audience and for people to embrace such a diversity of styles and genres. It reminds me of how much great creativity there is out there,” said the musician about the competition.