ORF the Austrian national broadcaster has announced today that the Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 will be broadcast on a 3 hour delay.
The Austrian national broadcaster, ORF has today revealed their plans for their participation in the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017. The broadcaster announced that they will broadcast the shown on ORF 2 from 22:50 CET, in a cut down 90 minute format of the contest. Competing countries are not required to broadcast the contest live due to the lack of public televote.
Commentating on the contest for ORF 2 are:
- Alexander Žigo
- Teresa Vogl – Radio host at Österreich 1
ORF internally selected Hard-Chor from Linz to represent Austria at the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year. The choir has previously competed in “Österreich singt”, an Austrian television format which sees Choirs from across the country competing to be named Austria’s best choir. The television show turned international in 2014, when ORF played host to “Europe Sings”.
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.
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) – TBD on April 29
- Slovenia (RTVSLO) – Carmen Manet
- Hungary (MTVA) – Bela Bartok Male Choir
- Wales (S4C) – Côr Merched Sir Gâr
The Choirs competing in the contest will perform once for up to 6 minutes. The performance can include one or several works, of any genre, and “should in part reflect national or regional character in some way”. A jury will be made up of prominent international musicians who will decide the winner of the contest.