The girls choir Spīgo has been selected to represent the host nation of Latvia at Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 later this year in Riga.
Spīgo has been selected to represent Latvia on home soil at the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year. The choir was founded in 1977 and is formed of young female singers from Jelgava 4 High School. The choir is lead by Līga Celma–Kursiete who also works with Lienu Celmu.
The winner of “Latvija Dzied!” (Latvia Sings!) was decided by 50% televote and 50% jury voting. The choir finished second in the jury voting tonight, but won the public televote by a significant margin.
The choirs that competed in the selection tonight in Riga were:
- Mixed Youth Choir – Maska
- Male Choir – Tēvzeme
- Mixed Choir – Balta
- Secondary School Girls Choir – Spīgo
- Mixed Senior Choir – Atvasara
- Award winning Choir – Nošu planētas
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) – Spīgo
- 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.