Eurovision to launch spin-off Canadian battle for best song in 2023

Canada gets its own version of the often extravagant musical spectacle Eurovision Song Contest.

Organizers of the outsized multinational event say Eurovision Canada will be presented in 2023.

It will feature musical artists and bands from every province and territory performing their own songs in various genres.

Like the original, participants will compete in a series of qualifying competitions, leading to the semi-finals and the grand final.

The spin-off is set to be produced by ASC, Inc. and Toronto-based Insight Productions, known for reality spinoffs The Incredible Race Canada and Big Brother Canada.

The broadcaster and host will be announced in the coming weeks.

While this marks the start of Eurovision in Canada, it won’t be the first time the event has been graced by Canadian talent. A 20-year-old Celine Dion won Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 while representing Switzerland.

WATCH | Dion performed at Eurovision in 1988:

Eurovision has a long history in Europe where it was created in 1956 as part of an effort to unite European countries after World War II through cross-border television programming.

Over the years, he helped launch the international careers of ABBA, Julio Iglesias and, most recently in 2021, Italian rock band Måneskin. It also earned a reputation for offbeat performances featuring elaborate costumes and sets.

Earlier this year, NBC launched a television spin-off dubbed American song contestwith artists from each of the 50 states competing for a top prize to be awarded on May 9.

Insight Productions showrunner and executive producer Lindsay Cox called Canada the “ideal home” for the next iteration of the contest.

“This country’s phenomenal songwriting and extraordinary musicality can stand up to any other in the world,” Cox said in a statement Monday.

Eurovision has amassed a significant number of online subscribers outside of its broadcast countries and was the focus of Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams’ 2020 Netflix comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.