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‘The Voice’ Stars Offer Advice for ‘American Song Contest’ Artists

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American Song Contest just kicked off on Monday night, with The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson co-hosting with Snoop Dogg. Speaking of The Voice, several former artists, including Wendy Moten and Jershika Maple from Season 21, have shared their advice for the ASC contestants.

‘The Voice’ Stars Share Advice for ‘American Song Contest’

Artists from all 50 states, plus several U.S. territories and Washington, D.C., are competing on American Song Contest with original songs. Several former contestants on The Voice shared some insight with NBC Insider about what it takes to navigate a competition like this.

Season 21 finalist Jershika Maple encouraged fans to be themselves, adding, “Don’t be afraid to let your light shine. Don’t be afraid to step out, and don’t be afraid to own what you’re doing. You have a gift. Believe in yourself. Always remember you’re not in competition with anybody but yourself.” 

Fellow finalist Hailey Mia had similar advice, telling contestants, “I miss being on the show so much, and that’s going to happen to anybody, because it’s an amazing experience. You should be very, very happy and proud of yourself, and just take advantage of every moment.”

Runner-up Wendy Moten emphasized what a great opportunity for exposure these shows are, sharing, “Have fun and know this is the moment. Everything you’ve dreamt about, this is the time to do it.”


Unknown Artists Are Going Up Against Superstars

One of the most surprising things about American Song Contest is that several states are represented by famous sings, such as Jewel and Michael Bolton. Some may think this puts the relatively unknown artists at a disadvantage, but host Kelly Clarkson has said otherwise.

“The legacy artists are going to have to work harder,” Clarkson recently said of the competition, with showrunner Audrey Morrissey adding that fans “love an underdog.”

American Song Contest will run for eight weeks on NBC. Tune in for another qualifier round next Monday.

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