• Emma Garrie

AleXa wins the American Song Contest


Image Source: NBC


AleXa is the inaugural winner of the American Song Contest! 'Wonderland' was crowned Best Original Song at the conclusion of tonight's Grand Final held at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.


With a total of 710 points, AleXA finished fifth with the juries receiving 60 points. But she stormed home in the televote receiving the highest score of 654 points. Second place went to Colorado's Riker Lynch on 503 points and in third was Kentucky's Jordan Smith on 407 points.


Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma to a South Korean mother and Russian-American father, the 25-year-old moved to South Korea at age 21 and has developed a successful K-Pop career, releasing nine singles and two EP's.


One of the co-writers of 'Wonderland' is none other than Cazzi Opeia (Moa Carlebecker) who finished ninth at Sweden's Melodifestivalen earlier this year.



The final results were presented in Eurovision style. America's states and territories had been divided in to ten regions with a spokesperson from each region announcing that region's jury points. The televote results were then announced beginning with the country that scored the lowest with the juries.


JURY RESULTS


1. Allen Stone - 'A Bit of Both' (Washington) - 105 points

2. Tyler Braden - 'Seventeen' (Tennessee) - 88 points

3. Jordan Smith - 'Sparrow' (Kentucky) - 79 points

4. Ni/Co - 'The Difference' (Alabama) - 60 points

5. AleXA - 'Wonderland' (Oklahoma) - 56 points

6. Chloe Fredericks - 'Can't Make You Love Me' (North Dakota) - 48 points

7. Grant Knoche - 'Mr. Independent' (Texas) - 42 points

8. Michael Bolton - 'Beautiful World' (Connecticut) - 40 points

9. Tenelle - 'Full Circle' (American Samoa) - 37 points

10. Riker Lynch - 'Feel The Love' (Colorado) - 25 points


TELEVOTE RESULTS


1. AleXA - 'Wonderland' (Oklahoma) - 654 points

2. Riker Lynch - 'Feel The Love' (Colorado) - 478 points

3. Jordan Smith - 'Sparrow' (Kentucky) - 328 points

4. Grant Knoche - 'Mr. Independent' (Texas) - 324 points

5. Tenelle - 'Full Circle' (American Samoa) - 305 points

6. Michael Bolton - 'Beautiful World' (Connecticut) - 298 points

7. Allen Stone - 'A Bit of Both' (Washington) - 254 points

8. Ni/Co - 'The Difference' (Alabama) - 225 points

9. Chloe Fredericks - 'Can't Make You Love Me' (North Dakota) - 219 points

10. Tyler Braden - 'Seventeen' (Tennessee) - 163 points


FINAL RESULTS


1. AleXA - 'Wonderland' (Oklahoma) - 710 points

2. Riker Lynch - 'Feel The Love' (Colorado) - 503 points

3. Jordan Smith - 'Sparrow' (Kentucky) - 407 points

4. Grant Knoche - 'Mr. Independent' (Texas) - 366 points

5. Allen Stone - 'A Bit of Both' (Washington) - 359 points

6. Tenelle - 'Full Circle' (American Samoa) - 342 points

7. Michael Bolton - 'Beautiful World' (Connecticut) - 338 points

8. Ni/Co - 'The Difference' (Alabama) - 285 points

9. Chloe Fredericks - 'Can't Make You Love Me' (North Dakota) - 267 points

10. Tyler Braden - 'Seventeen' (Tennessee) - 251 points


Based on the Eurovision Song Contest, the American Song Contest has seen 56 artists from 50 states and 6 territories battle it out over the past eight weeks in an effort to be crowned America's Best Original Song. There has been no word yet as to whether the contest will return in 2023 although Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, announced in late April that Eurovision Canada would join the Eurovision family next year.


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