The European Broadcasting Union has announced plans to launch a new musical entertainment contest “Choir of the Year 2017”.
“Choir of the Year” is planned to be hosted by the Latvian national broadcaster LTV on July 22, 2017. The event will bring together between eight and twelve countries, each represented by one non-professional choir of any genre. The contest will be integrated into the European Choir Games 2017 with the contest taking place just before the closing ceremony for the Games.
“Choir of the Year” is the first new competitive entertainment event launched by the European Broadcasting Union since the Eurovision Dance Contest in 2007. The new contest marks the first time that the EBU has produced a competitive event for Choral performers, having previously broadcast “Europe Sings” a non-competitive choral show in 2014.
The European Broadcasting Union will announce on November 1st whether the contest will take place.
How will the contest work?
- Each country to propose one non-professional choir of any genre (National selections can be organised)
- Each country performs two pieces (3’-5’, at least one of which should reflect national character in some way)
- International Jury including prominent musician
- High profile (English-speaking) on-stage host.
- International postcard segments
- Group performance and side acts
- Winner will be determined by jury vote