The EBU is working on a new Eurovision format the “Eurovision Super Games” to build upon the existing success of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The EBU is working on a new Eurovision format moving away from the success of the Song Contest to the first major sport entertainment show since Jeux Sans Frontières in 1999. “Eurovision Super Games” would bring together eight countries to represented by four athletes each in a challenging game of physical and mental challenges.
The format would see the public at home in each country select two of their four participating athletes to compete in the next set of challenges, details of whether this would be via app voting or public televote has not been revealed. The contest was first presented to the member broadcasters of the EBU in July. Furthermore according to the EBU’s Vision2020 document the format will be launched in 2017 if everything goes to plan.
If “Eurovision Super Games” does go ahead in 2017 it would be the second new Eurovision format to launch next year. Choir of The Year 2017 was announced in August and 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.
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Jeux Sans Frontières was held between 1965 and 1999 and featured teams from EBU member countries competing in odd tasks during a series of games. The contest was also spun off into domestic formats in a number of countries including Australia and the United Kingdom. The contest was planned to be held again in 2007 however the cost of the contest saw planned countries withdrawing. Overall 20 countries competed in the contest at least once including Tunisia, France, San Marino, Italy and the United Kingdom.