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'American Song Contest': Fans call Maine's 'meh' song 'good, but nothing memorable'

While King Kyote's vocals gave the song some appeal, it failed to make the viewers' list of favorites
Maine's representative King Kyote on 'American Song Contest' (NBC)
Maine's representative King Kyote on 'American Song Contest' (NBC)

With a 'Eurovision' contest like format NBC's new reality singing competition show 'American Song Contest' pits new and known singers from various American states against each other for bagging the prize along with the title of 'Best Hit Song'.

In its second week, 'American Song Contest' saw K-pop singer AleXa from Oklahoma, Kentucky's Jordan Smith, Rhode Island's Hueston, and Connecticut's Michael Bolton advance to the semifinals. Amongst these the second episode also saw the state of Maine show what it's got, so read on to know more about the performance and what fans thought of it!


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Jon King whose stage name is King Kyote performed on the stage of 'American Song Contest' representing Maine. The singer-songwriter is an up-and-coming artist who has played at many iconic venues throughout Maine and local festivals, as well as shows with many local popular acts such as Ghosts of Paul Revere, Rustic Overtones,  and The Mallet Brothers Band. He has also released his song titled 'Gold Fades' last year, so he's already relatively known.

He shared his love for surfing and the people of Maine, drawing his experience living there for his song. For his turn, he performed a song called 'Get Out Alive' which has a country and indie rock vibe. The singer shared that he wanted to give the feeling of drinking whiskey under the stars around a campfire to the audience. Although he had solid vocals his song failed to garner much praise and didn't come off as attention-worthy. Commenting on his mediocre performance, this is what viewers had to say about his song.

A fan commented, "OMG. So many clichéd rhymes in Maine’s song. #AmericanSongContest", while another said, "Love the voice of King from Maine but not my song. #AmericanSongContest". A fan had the opinion, "Maine was just eh. Good vocals but nothing too memorable #AmericanSongContest".

Another viewer said, "The #Maine song is appealing, but it’s not knocking my socks off like I expected. This might be one of them that really grows on me. #AmericanSongContest", while one fan kept it short and said, "Meh #maine .. meh #AmericanSongContest". A tweet also read, "Maine was ok, that’s it #AmericanSongContest".






'American Song Contest' airs on Monday, at 8/7c on NBC. You can vote for your favorite performances on the NBC website, the NBC app, and TikTok. You can also stream your favorite artists' songs on your preferred music streaming app. 

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