American's love to adapt an idea, don't they. From adapting UK sitcoms for a US audience (e.g "The Office", "Queer As Folk"), to adapting Asian Cinema for a US audience (e.g "The Ring", "The Eye", "Dark Water") to adapting UK reality tv for a US audience ("Pop Idol" becomes "American Idol", "Dragon's Den" becomes "American Inventor"), the US love taking an idea, remaking it on at least 4 times the originals budget, and giving back out again. Well, I reckon there's one thing they've really missed out on, and all American production companies should seriously consider this as their next big idea.
Woah there Axl, Eurovision?! But this is America!
Exactly. THIS is my idea.
May need to work on a better name for it...
Just as the European countries have a contest to see who will represent them in Eurovision, each state would have their own "Song For Iowa" style contest. The winner would go through to the semi-finals where they would be voted down to a selection for the final. This could be done not as one big semi-final like Eurovision, but could be done in stages, with the states being separated into groups (e.g, 4 groups: north-west, north-east, south-west, south-east), and a certain number from each group would be voted into the final. Then the final would be just like Eurovision. A couple of hours of mostly questionable songs, followed by a couple of hours of getting the votes of each individual state, which would tally up to find the eventual winner.
Come on America. You would fucking love this shit, and you know it.