The EBU have today announced a number of new features for Eurovision Young Musicians ahead of the contest in Cologne at the end of May. The contest will now see:
- All the contestants will appear in the Final following a preliminary round during the week. Previously, a number of contestants were eliminated after their mid-week performance while a jury picked a shortlist of Finalists.
- In the Final, the 14 musicians will each perform pieces limited to five minutes long accompanied by a full orchestra
- Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places, and the winner will have a chance to appear with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO) in 2015. Clemens Hellsberg, Director of the VPO, will lead the five-strong jury of professional musicians who will decide the outcome.
- There will be a group performance to a piece of music written especially for all the instruments being played in the competition.
The use of a group performance is something that was first used in Junior Eurovision before moving onto Young Dancers in 2013 and Eurovision earlier this month. The introduction of prizes for 1st through to third was also introduced in 2013 in Junior Eurovision.
The Executive Supervisor of the contest Vladislav Yakovlev said that:
EUROVISION is always looking for ways to create programming that brings new audiences to EBU Members’ channels. These changes will create a fairer competition for the talented youngsters taking part and a more engaging programme for millions of viewers around Europe.
It was also revealed today that the interval performance while the juries deliberate in the final will be provided by the dancing group The Flying Steps.
We’ll be bringing you all the news during Eurovision Young Musicians, you can find out more here.