‘American Song Contest’ Crowns First Ever Winner in Live Finale (VIDEO)
After an eight-week battle, the competition came to a close on Monday night’s live finale as the 10 finalists gathered for one last performance. In addition to AleXa, the acts in contention were Alabama’s Ni/Co, American Samoa’s Tenelle, Colorado’s Riker Lynch, Connecticut’s Michael Bolton, Kentucky’s Jordan Smith, North Dakota’s Chloe Fredericks, Tennessee’s Tyler Braden, Texas’ Grant Knoche, and Washington’s Allen Stone.
Voting remained open throughout the finale as the top 10 hoped to sway last-minute voters with their performances. The viewer votes were then combined with the scores of the juries from across the country, which were revealed shortly before the final results.
In the end, it was the 25-year-old K-pop star AleXa who came out on top with her electro-pop song, “Wonderland.” The singer, who has a successful career in her second home of Korea, skyrocketed into first place after receiving 656 points in the televote. Colorado’s Riker Lynch, who was in last place after the jury vote, received a huge boost after the public votes that saw him finish in second place with 503 points.
“I was a little nervous after the jury vote, but knowing how the point system works out, I was holding hands with my mother and father, praying so hard for my dreams to come true,” AleXa told Billboard. “Fortunately, they did, and I was lucky enough to win this competition.”
After her victory was announced, the singer said, “It felt like my brain exploded because my mother was holding onto my arm and she was crying and shaking and so I cried with her.” She added, “It was a very emotional experience. Sharing that moment with my team and all the ASC friends who were in the crowd meant the world to me.”
Eurovision, the event that inspired the American Song Contest, has its own final this Saturday (May 14) in Turin, Italy. Two-time Olympian and NBC correspondent Johnny Weir will host Peacock’s stream of the contest live.
Check out the top 10 performances from the American Song Contest finale below.
10 – Tyler Braden (Tennessee)
TOTAL POINTS: 251
9 – Chloe Fredericks (North Dakota)
TOTAL POINTS: 267
8 – Ni/Co (Alabama)
TOTAL POINTS: 285
7 – Michael Bolton (Connecticut)
TOTAL POINTS: 338
6 – Tenelle (American Samoa)
TOTAL POINTS: 342
5 – Allen Stone (Washington)
TOTAL POINTS: 359
4 – Grant Knoche (Texas)
TOTAL POINTS: 366
3 – Jordan Smith (Kentucky)
TOTAL POINTS: 407
2 – Riker Lynch (Colorado)
TOTAL POINTS: 503
WINNER – AleXa (Oklahoma)
TOTAL POINTS: 710