'American Song Contest': Tenelle from American Samoa is a Grammy-nominated artist

Tenelle, 33, will represent American Samoa in the NBC music show


                            'American Song Contest': Tenelle from American Samoa is a Grammy-nominated artist
Tenelle represents American Samoa on 'American Song Contest' (Instagram/ @tenelle)
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'American Song Contest' is the US version of the acclaimed 'Eurovision' and will see 56 artists, each representing a US state, territory, or Washington, D.C., perform an original song. The competition is comprised of three rounds—Qualifying Rounds, Semi-Finals, and Grand Finals. One solo artist, group, band, or DJ will take home the title of Best Original Song after the Finale. Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson will host the show.

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Love all things music? Then you might want to check out music-based reality shows such as 'Masked Singer', and 'American Idol'. Meanwhile, let’s know more about Tenelle Luafalemana, who is the representative of American Samoa in 'American Song Contest'.

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Who is Tenelle?

Tenelle describes her home of American Samoa as 'magical' and recalls listening to artists such as Lauryn Hill, Fiji, Whitney Houston, Betty Wright, and Aswad as a child. Tenelle is now a Grammy Award-nominated and Billboard-charted artist. She’s honoured to represent American Samoa, her family, and the entirety of her people. Her music video 'Shine' was shot on her grandmother’s property, where her grandmother lives and where her ancestors are buried. She says she is honoured to share their story.

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Tenelle Luafalemana has been described by many as “a breath of fresh air.” She isn’t exactly sure when her love for singing first started but suggests that growing up with a big family, where talent shows are more competitive than 'The X-Factor' itself, may have well done it. Talkative and expressive, Tenelle captures your heart but her story captures your soul. She is an empowered woman who was inspired by the death and the paralysis of her two brothers, and the experience makes her singing spiritual and creative. Tenelle is not only a singer but also an entrepreneur who designs her own clothes, called '10X10', which you can find on her official website.

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Is Tenelle on Instagram?

To connect with Tenelle and know more about her, you can follow her on Instagram. Her Instagram handle is @tenelle.


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