When will 'Songland' Season 3 return? Here's what to expect from NBC song production show's next installment
'Songland' deals with the process of songwriting, music composition and the final stages of how a song becomes studio ready
'Songland' – the latest in the slew of competitive reality shows – is one of the most unique concepts yet as it gives viewers a worthwhile peek into the creative process behind creating a hit track. Not only about singing, 'Songland' deals with the process of songwriting, music composition and the final stages of how a song becomes studio ready.
Naturally, the show, which premiered in May 2019, became immensely popular and one of the best performing shows for NBC in the key adults 18-49 demographic and among total viewers.
'Songland' features three music producer-hosts: Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Ester Dean, Grammy-winning producer and lead singer of One Republic Ryan Tedder and Grammy-winning songwriter Shane McAnally. The show has been conceptualized by musician and composer David A Stewart, best known as a member of the British pop duo Eurythmics. One of the executive producers of the show is Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.
Each episode consists of participants gearing up with the week's musical guest to create a brand new song from scratch. These participants are mentored by one of the three producer-hosts and, at the end of each episode, the musical guest selects his or her favorite original composition based on the final performance.
Where we left off
The last season of 'Songland', Season 2, kicked-off on April 13, 2020, with Lady Antebellum (now Lady A) as the musical guest. Season 2, which consisted of 10 episodes, saw more musical guests such as Luis Fonsi, H.E.R., Martina McBride, Julia Michaels, Florida Georgia Line, Boyz II Men, Bebe Rexha, Ben Platt and Usher. The entire Season 2 was shot in remote isolated locations due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
At the end of the season, Shane McAnally had three overall wins tying with Ester Dean. Ryan Tedder emerged on top with five overall wins. There was a crossover between 'Songland' and the finale episode of reality show 'The Voice' as Shane McAnally, Ester Dean and Ryan Tedder appeared to help the five finalists with their original songs. By the end, there were 31 original songs that premiered on 'Songland'.
What we'd like to see
Fans want 'Songland' to return with more guests who can explain their songwriting processes and the work that goes behind churning out chart-topping hits. With so many of the show's original songs hitting #1 on the iTunes chart, fans are eagerly waiting for more new talents to be featured on the show as they get to view the creative process behind creating a song and not just performing one and hitting the perfect notes like on every other competition series that preceded 'Songland'.
When is it returning?
As of now, there is no official release date for the return of 'Songland'. NBC hasn't made any official announcement regarding the show, but we'll update this section as soon as Season 3 is announced.