What’s going on?
- “Songland,” a show that sheds light on the songwriting process, first premiered in 2019.
- Each episode features four relatively unknown singer-songwriters pitching an original song with the hopes that it will get cut by a famous artist — guest artists on the show have included John Legend, the Jonas Brothers, Lady A, Martina McBride, Usher and more.
- Throughout each episode, the contestants work with award-winning songwriters Shane McAnally, Ester Dean and Ryan Tedder to improve their songs and give them the best chance of getting cut.
- Many of the winning songs from the first season hit No. 1 on iTunes charts, according to Heavy.com. The song “Champagne Night,” which won the Season 2 premiere last April — remained at the top of the country radio charts earlier this year, Country Now reported.
- But will this success carry into a third season?
Will there be a third season?
- Although several songs have found success through “Songland,” viewership in Season 2 averaged 3.27 million — down 19% compared to the first season, according to the TV Series Finale website.
- Even with the dip in viewership, the ratings are still good enough for producers to consider moving forward with a third season, according to the entertainment website The Cinemaholic.
- TV Insider recently released a lengthy list of shows that have been renewed for 2021. “Songland” is not included, but the show has also not officially been canceled, according to TV Series Finale.
- So far, all seasons of “Songland” have premiered in the spring. But NBC has not made an official announcement regarding “Songland” since Season 2 ended last June.
Utah connection to ‘Songland’
- Last season, Utah singer-songwriter Ryan Innes’ competed on “Songland.” Although Lady A did not end up picking Innes’ song “Long Way Home” — which was up against the smash hit “Champagne Night” — Innes’ did end up finding success with the song.
- Todd Tilghman, who won “The Voice” last year, ended up cutting the song, performing it for “The Voice” season finale. Shortly after, it reached No. 1 on the iTunes charts.
- “When I wrote ‘Long Way Home,’ I didn’t write it with the intent of it being cut by someone else,” Innes previously told the Deseret News. “But I’m glad that I got out of my own way, basically, and let the song live.”