The songwriting series features cameos from the Jonas Brothers and John Legend.

  • Premiering May 28, Songland is NBC’s newest reality competition series that focuses on finding the next great songwriter.
  • Each week, undiscovered songwriters will compete to have their songs recorded by big names in music like the Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, and more.
  • If, like us, you’re new to the show, here’s what to expect, plus details about the judges, format, and premiere date.

The summer months are precisely when fans tune into beloved reality competition shows like America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance. And starting May 28, NBC is bringing something completely new to the mix: Songland, a series dedicated to finding the next great songwriter.

According to NBC, Songland “will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters to be exposed to and mentored by three music producers per episode who are responsible for today’s biggest hits.” Who doesn’t want an insider’s look at how music is created?

“Songwriters shape the anthems and tell the stories of each generation, and now we’re pulling back the curtain on the collaborative process and opening the door for new talent to emerge,” Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio told Variety. “While filming our first episode, the excitement was palpable as we witnessed the creative direction of our panelists transform and elevate the music right before our eyes. Without a doubt, Songland will inspire music lovers and give us all a greater appreciation for the songs we love.”

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The best part? We’ll have new music to add to our playlists once every A-list musician makes their pick week after week. We’ve gathered everything we know so far about NBC’s soon-to-be hit, from who’s involved to how to watch the show.

What is the air date for Songland on NBC?

Songland is set to premiere on NBC on Tuesday, May 28 at 10 p.m. ET, after the season premiere of America’s Got Talent. According to Variety, the show is set for an 11-episode season, making it prime summer viewing. If the TV show isn’t enough, also listen to the Songland podcast, which will debut a new episode each week.

Is there a trailer for Songland?

There is, and it offers a one-minute sneak preview for the show in which John Legend says, “Every artist is looking for one thing: that next great song.”

“We’re going to pull back the curtains and we’re going to show you how music is made,” producer-songwriter Ryan Tedder says over a montage of singers performing.

How does Songland work and what are the rules?

Songland is the first songwriting-focused reality competition series since Bravo’s Platinum Hit with Kara DioGuardi, giving insight to the creative process behind your favorite songs. Each episode features five songwriters performing their original songs for three top musical producers, as well as a major recording artist. These critics will take multiple elements into consideration—such as a song’s lyrics, arrangements, beats, melody, and story—as they try to adapt the song to fit the style of the recording artist appearing that week.

Then, the recording artist will choose three songwriters to pair with a producer best suited for them in the studio, hoping for a hit they’ll fall in love with. As we mentioned, the winning song will be recorded by the A-list musician and released as their next single.

Who are the producers behind Songland?

There’s a powerhouse of people backing the show: Per Deadline, Songland’s concept came from Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, The Voice producer Audrey Morrissey, and director Ivan Dudynsky, all of whom are listed as executive producers alongside Chad Hines and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine—who, as a judge on The Voice, knows a thing or two about musical competition shows.

Who’s on the songwriting panel?

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Songland’s panel features the following producers and songwriters: Ryan Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic and a producer for artists such as Adele, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift; Ester Dean, who starred in Pitch Perfect and produced music for Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj; and Shane McAnally, producer of 38 number-one country records, including Kacey Musgraves’s “Space Cowboy.”

Oh, and what about the celebrity musicians?

Songland will feature some of the biggest names in music. The follow musicians are featured in the trailer, and again will release new music created by the contestants.

  • The Jonas Brothers
  • John Legend
  • Meghan Trainor
  • Macklemore
  • Charlie Puth
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • will.i.am
  • OneRepublic
  • Aloe Blacc
  • Old Dominion
  • Leona Lewis

Will there be an international edition?

According to Deadline, U.K. television network Channel 4 is developing a version of the competition reality series across the pond. Who knows? Songland might inspire you to write the next top-40 hit.

Songland is set to premiere on NBC on Tuesday, May 28 at 10 p.m. ET

Via: The Oprah Magazine