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American Song Contest Jury Sends Washington's Allen Stone to the Semi-Finals
The Grammy nominee is the Jury's fourth pick.
Some may recognize the silky-smooth voice of American Song Contest's Episode 4 Jury pick, Allen Stone. At the end of the show's fourth Qualifying Round, Stone's song "A Bit of Both" earned enough votes to advance the Artist to the Semi-Finals, set to air on April 25 and May 2.
Stone himself gained national attention after he performed on Conan in 2011. In the years since, he's released five albums (one earned a Grammy nomination), appeared on American Idol and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and opened for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Al Green.
"I'm doing American Song Contest so I can represent this beautiful state that has given me so much," he said during ASC Episode 4. "Washington state is very interesting because we have a really beautiful balance of most things. This soil in Washington state, it's in my blood."
As a reminder, American Song Contest follows 56 Artists, each representing either a U.S. state, territory, or Washington D.C. They've all submitted their own track for viewers to vote for as Best Original Song. Over the course of five weeks, this is determined through Qualifying Rounds and votes both by fans and the Jury (56 industry experts). In every round, the Jury gets to select one performer to automatically advance to the next stage of the competition. Hueston, Smith, Braden, and now Stone are the Jury-chosen Artists to date.
At the top of next week's April 18th episode, the combined votes of the Jury and fans will be revealed, advancing three more Artists from Week 4 to the Semi-Finals. Ultimately, a total of 20 Artists will qualify for the Semi-Finals. Ten will then move on to the Grand Final, which airs May 9.
American Song Contest airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Catch up on NBC.com.