Rhode Island was in the spotlight last night on the brand new show American Song Contest. The music competition features artists representing all 50 states, 5 US territories and the nation’s capital Washington D.C. The talent from North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Cory Hueston, who uses the stage name Hueston, was obviously a favorite of the jury, because based on their rankings, he was automatically sent through to the semi-finals!
In full disclosure, I am a jury member representing Rhode Island, so I’m the one juror who was not allowed to vote for Hueston as jurors are not allowed to vote for the contestant from their own state or territory.
Hueston was the last act to perform last night on the two hour episode, and he sang his original song "Held On Too Long."
There were several different music genres represented on the show including a K-Pop Artist from Oklahoma, a country-hip-hop artist from Wyoming, and and a singer songwriter named Jake O’ from Wisconsin who calls his style Nuvo-Retro. There was even a very familiar face, Michael Bolton, who represented his home state of Connecticut singing the song “Beautiful World.”
Who else will make it to the semi-finals? There are three spots left. Those will be determined by a combination of jury rankings and fan votes. Make sure to vote for your favorites on the NBC App, on TikTok or CLICK HERE! You have until Wednesday at 7am to make your voice heard!
The qualifying rounds continue for four more weeks.