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NBC's 'Songland' Contest to Search for Hit Tunesmiths

In each episode, five contestants will work with music producers and a recording artist to perfect their tunes

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    Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic will be part of the cast.

    Songwriters get the spotlight in a new NBC talent contest.

    The network said Tuesday that its 11-episode series, "Songland," will give undiscovered songwriters the chance to create a hit.

    In each episode, five contestants will work with music producers and a recording artist to perfect their tunes.

    One winner per episode will have his or her song released as the artist's next single, NBC said.

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    The first episode includes Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, songwriter Ester Dean, country singer-songwriter Shane McAnally. Charlie Puth is the recording artist.

    Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart and Maroon 5's Adam Levine are among the executive producers of "Songland."

    Would-be contestants will be able to apply at an upcoming website, NBC said.

    A series debut date wasn't announced.