The 1st edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year has officially been launched today, with 144 days to go until the final in Riga, Latvia.
Today has seen the newest member of the Eurovision Family of Events launched, Eurovision Choir of The Year. As reported yesterday a total of seven nations will be competing in the first contest in Riga, Latvia on July 22. This the first time that the Eurovision Choir of the Year is being held, making it the first new Eurovision Contest format to be launched since the Eurovision Dance Contest in 2008.
Competing in the contest are:
- Austria (ORF) – Hardchor Linz
- Belgium (RTBF) – Les Pastoreaux
- Denmark (DR) – Academic Choir of Aarhus
- Estonia (ERR) – Estonian TV Girls’ Choir
- Germany (WDR) – Jazzchor Freiburg
- Latvia (LTV) – National selection be held
- Slovenia (RTVSLO) – Carmen Manet
Jon Ola Sand the Head of Live Events at the European Broadcasting Union stated that:
Singing in choirs is a healthy, social and artistic activity that anyone, young or old, musically experienced or not, can take part in – and one which is growing in popularity across the world. Eurovision Choir of the Year will showcase the vast possibilities of the human voice and aims to inspire new singers to get involved.
Ivars Belte, Chairman of the Management Board at LTV added:
With a great sense of honour and responsibility, we are preparing to host singers from all across Europe in Riga, establishing a new tradition – the Eurovision Choir of the Year. It is a great pleasure for us that Latvia will become the first country to participate in this promising event, and an even greater pleasure that the organisers are the Latvian Television in collaboration with Riga municipality.
The show will be broadcast live from 20:00 CET by the seven participating broadcasters, while viewers will also be able to watch the contest online. For those wishing to attend the contest in Latvia, tickets will go on sale on March 15.
The European Broadcasting Union has partnered with Interkultur to create this latest Eurovision family event, and both hope to see the format develop into a yearly event. Watch the official advert for the contest below:
Eurovision Choir of the Year joins the Eurovision family of events which also features:
- Eurovision Song Contest – Annual Song Contest held between the members of the European Broadcasting Union. The contest to be held for the 62nd time in Kyiv, Ukraine.
- Eurovision Super Games – Planned Eurovision format seeing eight countries represented by four sports-persons in a series of challenges.
- Eurovision Young Dancers – Biennial dance competition for non-professional dancers age between 16 and 21 years old. To date 37 countries have participated in the contest.
- Eurovision Young Musicians – Biennial music competition for non-professional musicians who are 19 years old or younger. To date 41 countries have participated in the contest.
- Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Annual Song Contest held between the members of the European Broadcasting Union for children aged between 9 and 14 years old.