Conchita and Duncan, move over! The next major Eurovision artist might be a computer.

Can artificial intelligence help compose a song that is just as successful as last year’s hit by Duncan Laurence? Various European teams will compete attempting to create the next Song Contest hit with the help of artificial intelligence. Can computers blow us away with their creative power?

The AI Song Contest is an online project organised by Dutch public broadcaster VPRO in collaboration with NPO Innovation and NPO 3FM.

All songs will be published online from April 10, 2020. A panel of AI experts and the international audience together will determine which song earns their douze points. The winner will be announced on May 12, 2020.

Artificial intelligence has come to play an important role in our lives, whether we are aware of it or not, and that role will only grow in the coming years. The AI Song Contest translates the rather complicated matter of AI into the universal language of music to make it more accessible to the general public.

25 teams from all over Europe joined the contest. It is not possible anymore to register.

Can computers blow us away with their creative power?

The AI Song Contest is a public project researching the creative abilities of AI and its impact on us as musical animals. For this contest, various teams investigate the recipe for a great Eurovision song by trying to generate a new one. To generate new music, AI models (just like a human composer) have to 'listen' to large amounts of existing music (data) before it can generate meaningful musical ideas. Therefore the teams will work with existing data and newly-created data. We do our best to handle this as carefully as possible. If you have any questions about the AI Song Contest or the data, please send us an email: aisongcontest@vpro.nl.