Aarne Saluveer the Conductor of Estonia’s participants in Eurovision Choir of the Year has stated that there was not enough time to prepare for the contest.
Mr Saluveer gave his thoughts about the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year following last nights final. Mr Saluveer explained that when the Choir was selected to represent Estonia in late February plans had already been made for the summer season, this as a result meant that the choir had to adapt existing plans and bring in different singers.
Furthermore, because the competition did not have a set style of performance i.e classical or contemporary, it was difficult to select a piece to perform at the competition. As a result Aarne Saluveer opted to select a piece that he felt encapsulated summer.
However, Mr Saluveer went on to explain that Eurovision Choir of the Year was a brilliant opportunity for the choir. He felt that their performance last night was entertaining and drew the audience in. Furthermore, the choir as a whole enjoyed the performance and received great feedback from the judges.
Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 was won by Carmen Manet from Slovenia. The choir performed two pieces during their six minutes on stage and beat off competition from eight other choirs from across Europe. Wales finished second in the final, while the host nation of Latvia finished third. The contest was broadcast live in ten countries across Europe and across the world online.
Watch the Estonian performance from the final below:
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Estonia was one of nine countries to take part in the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year in 2017. On their debut they were represented by the Estonian TV Girls’ Choir. They opened the competition with the song “Absolute Tormis”, they did not finish in the top three.