Eurovision Choir of the Year will return to television screens across Europe in 2019, following the inaugural edition of the contest taking place in Riga last year.
Eurovision Choir of the Year, the newest edition to the Eurovision Family of Events will be held for a second time in 2019. The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed that the contest will be held, but has not yet confirmed the host country and city for the next competition.
It is expected that the next edition of the contest will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden as part of the next edition of the European Choir Games. Eurovision Choir of the Year was created by the European Broadcasting Union in partnership with Interkultur, the governing body of international choral singing. Ieva Rozentāle, the Head of LTV Kulturas and the driving force behind the contest confirmed in July that should the contest return in 2019, that the contest would likely continue its partnership with Interkultur.
For Gothenburg to host, the competition would have to be staged by the Swedish national broadcaster SVT. SVT have not participated in Eurovision Choir of the Year to date, but do participate in Eurovision Young Dancers and Eurovision Young Musicians. Both competitions are watched by around 100,000 viewers.
Romania has already stated that they will be debuting in the next edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year. TVR selected their participant in the next edition in November 2017.
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.
The list of participating countries was as follows: