The singer who represents Latinos at the “American Song Contest”

The live “American Song Contest” semi-finals continue Monday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, with the final 11 artists returning to the stage with a high performance of their original song.

From the producers of “Eurovision Song Contest” and “The Voice”, the live music competition series, hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarksonwill feature new live musical performances – representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and the nation’s capital – competing to win the nation’s vote for top hit song.

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The 56 artists represent a wide range of performers, ranging from unknown talents, up-and-coming new artists and rising stars to established and legendary icons. An incredible solo artist, duo, band or group will represent each location and perform a new original song, celebrating the depth and variety of different styles and genres across America.


The live competition consists of three rounds as performers compete in a series of qualifying rounds, followed by the semi-finals and the ultimate grand final on May 9, where one state or territory emerges victorious.


Although only one contestant has the chance to win the American vote and secure the Grand Final, previous contestants include a Latina with a powerful voice.

Marie-Burelle was born in New York to a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother. Her first time singing in public was in school at age nine, where she also received her first standing ovation. After that, Burelle knew acting was all she wanted to do in life; therefore, she continued to sing and create music.

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MARi attends NBC’s ‘American Song Contest’ Semi-Finals at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 25, 2022 in Universal City, California.

“It was very curious; I remember that when I opened my mouth at school, everyone was silent… but in the end, I had a lot of applause,” recalls Burelle in an interview with Notistarz.

Burelle said she was proud of her roots and always wanted to represent Latinos appropriately. “I’m gringa, but I like my Latin culture and my roots,” she says.

MARi is also known as “Wig Queen”, a title she earned after wearing extravagant hairpieces during her performances. While competing on the show, she created a different track called “Fly”.

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MARi attends the NBC’s ‘American Song Contest’ Semi-Finals red carpet at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 25, 2022 in Universal City, California.

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