Eastern Iowa contestant grateful for ‘American Song Contest’ lessons


Alisabeth Von Presley thanks fans and praises the candidates elected during a televised competition

Alisabeth Von Presley, candidate for the “American Song Contest” (NBC)

Judges and viewers of the show did not vote for Alisabeth Von Presley in the semi-finals after the first round of the “American Song Contest”. But Von Presley remained upbeat in a video she posted to Facebook after Monday night’s second episode, in which the results of the first episode were revealed.

The judges ranked his anthem, “Wonder,” eighth out of 11 contestants. Rhode Island contestant Hueston was voted into the semifinals at the end of the March 21 kick-off episode, and when the judges’ and viewers’ votes were combined, Michael Bolton of Connecticut, Alexa of l Oklahoma and Puerto Rico’s Christian Pagan also advanced in the competition.

Posting a video to social media from her hotel room in Los Angeles, Von Presley, 35, thanked everyone who supported her on her professional journey, including those who watched her debut on NBC-TV in search of the best original song in the country.

“I just got off the results show, and I just want to say thank you to everyone who voted for me across America, in my hometown, in my home state – people who never heard about me and decided, ‘I’m gonna take a chance on this pink-haired chick from Iowa. I really appreciate the love,'” she said.

“Am I upset? Absolutely not. This experience was remarkable. Everyone says it, but the people you meet really become friends.

Also excited to meet hosts Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg, she was thrilled when she was told she could keep all the costumes she wore on the show, including the pink thigh-high boots she wore on stage.

“That’s also a reason why I’m not super upset,” she said. “…Overall, the whole experience – NBC, ‘American Song Contest’, the whole production team, the direction and the lights – everything was so professional that it really changed my outlook on the live tv…

“I’m thrilled to have all the information I have now about the music industry, and just the whole thing, and to be educated by all these people who are professionals and do this full time, who have dedicated their lives to the performing arts.”

She ended with a shoutout to the advancing contestants, saying that all of their songs “were really beautiful.” She hinted that she has a lot more in store for the year ahead, calling this show “the perfect way to kick off 2022.”

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