Slovenia will not be competing in the first edition of the new EBU format Choir of the Year 2017 in Riga, Latvia.
RTVSLO has confirmed to Eurovoix.com that they will not be participating in Choir of the Year 2017 which is due to be held in Riga, Latvia. Slovenia which has been an active participant in both Eurovision Young Dancers and Eurovision Young Musicians has ruled out participating in the new EBU format, Choir of the Year 2017 in Riga, Latvia.
The following countries have stated their position on the contest:
- Austria – Discussing participation
- Latvia – Host country
- Norway – Will not participate in 2017
- Slovenia – Will not participate in 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.
e first contest has now been announced as running fora total of 120 minutes and being held at the Arena Riga which has a capacity of 8,000. The budget for the contest has been set at €150,000. The staging of the performances will not allow the use of bands or an orchestra. Choirs may use instruments only if played by singers. Soloists are allowed however they are not allowed to dominate the performance. Backing tracks will be used for the performances but are not allowed to contain any prerecorded vocals.
The performance can include one or several works, of any genre ,and “should in part reflect national or regional character in some way”. As previously announced a jury will decide the winner of the contest, this jury will be made up of prominent international musicians.
Choir of the Year 2017 will be confirmed as being held by the European Broadcasting Union on November 30th, subject to sufficient interest from broadcasters. To date the only country confirmed as participating in the event is the host nation of Latvia.
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