Latvia has announced that “Latvija Dzied!” will be used to select the country’s entrant at the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year.
Latvia will select their entrant for the first Eurovision Choir of the Year contest on April 29, with amateur choirs from across the country invited to compete. Latvija Dzied! (Latvia Sing!) will bring together the best amateur choirs from across the choir to decide who will represented Latvia on home soil this July in Riga.
It has already been announced that the winners of “Koru kari” (Choir Wars) have been invited to take part in the selection. Choirs interested in participating in the selection are invited to submit their application to compete up until March 31. Their application must include an a-capella performance which is up to six minutes long, the performance must reflect the national culture of Latvia.
Once all of the submissions have been received a jury at LTV will go over all of the performances and on April 10 will announce the choirs going through to the final of Latvija Dzied!. The winner of the selection will be decided by a four member jury and a public televote.
Latvia is one of eight countries participating in the 1st edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year. Out of the eight competing countries they are the only one organising a televised selection process to select their entrant. 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) – Selection on April 29
- Slovenia (RTVSLO) – Carmen Manet
Eurovision Choir of the Year will be held for the first time on July 22 in Riga, Latvia as part of the European Choir Games. 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. The hosts of the show will be Eric Whitacre and Eva Ikstena. Eric is a Grammy award-winning composer and conductor, while Eva Ikstena is a Latvian television host.