SVT the Swedish national broadcaster has explained why they are not competing in the latest Eurovision format in July.
Nine countries are participating in the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year on July 22 in Riga, but Sweden will not be one of them. The country which has seen great success in the Eurovision Song Contest is among a number of countries to have declined to participate in this years new Eurovision format. In an interview with Sveriges Radio the Head of Entertainment at SVT has stated,
Sweden is not (participating), among other things SVT is focusing on other major projects with music and culture right now
Furthermore, as part of the Sveriges Radio interview, Matthew Trustam of the European Broadcasting Union explained in more detail about the importance of this years competition,
It’s about highlighting Europe’s wonderful talents to a wider audience….But it’s also about inspiring people themselves begin to sing. It costs nothing and you do not even need to notes to sing in a choir.
We find (choral singing) to be a very democratic art form that needs to be widely shared and celebrated
SVT as the Swedish national broadcaster has participated in a large number of recent Eurovision format shows. However it has opted not to participate in previous formats such as Jeux Sans Frontieres and the Eurovision Dance Contest.
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 Pastoureaux
- 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”.
Source: Sveriges Radio