Parkland’s Ale Zabala performs one of her songs, “Mi Filosofía.”
By Michelle Spitzer
Latin pop star and Parkland resident Ale Zabala was chosen to represent Florida in a songwriting competition on NBC.
American Song Contest, hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson, premiers March 21 at 8 p.m. The show pits 56 artists, including a few well-known names, competing against each other with original songs they wrote and will perform.
All 50 states plus five U.S. territories and Washington D.C. will be represented in the competition by a solo artist, duo or band. Viewers will have a chance to vote for the act they think should win.
Some names you may recognize that Zabala will go against are Jewel (representing Alaska), Michael Bolton (representing Connecticut), and Macy Gray (representing Ohio).
The NBC show is based on the worldwide phenomenon “Eurovision Song Contest,” organized for 65 years by the European Broadcasting Union and watched by 200 million viewers annually.
Zabala, a 26-year-old Columbian native, released her first single in 2019. She lives with her parents in Parkland Golf and Country Club.
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- Michelle Spitzer grew up in Coral Springs, attending Westchester Elementary, Ramblewood Middle, and J.P. Taravella High. She attended the University of Florida and has been a journalist for nearly two decades. As a reporter and editor for The Associated Press and USA Today, she’s covered everything from U.S. Presidents to shuttle launches to Jamie Foxx’s New Year’s Eve party.