A total of 140,000 viewers watched in Austria as the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year took place on Saturday night in Riga, Latvia.
140,000 viewers tuned into ORF 2 to watch the Austrian national broadcasters coverage of Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017. The show which was broadcast on delay from 22:45 local time was a shortened 90 minute version of the competition. Commentary was provided by Alexander Žigo and Teresa Vogl, a Radio host at Österreich 1. The show had an overall market share of 12%.
ORF internally selected Hard-Chor Linz to represent Austria at the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year. The choir 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”.
Hard-Chor Linz performed three pieces as part of their performance, including a memorable performance about eating vegetables. The three songs that they performed were; “Ave Maria”, “I tua wos i wü” and “Rah”. The choir was conducted by Alexander Koller.
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.