The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed that Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019 will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 3.
The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed that a second edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year is to be held, following the first edition in Riga, Latvia in 2017. The second edition of the competition will take place on August 3 at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, with a maximum of 12 competing countries.
The 2019 contest will be open to between 10 and 12 countries, if more broadcasters express an interest than the maximum of 12, the Steering Group will select the broadcasters. Participants must;
- Be selected by a televised selection process or expert committee (Dependent on Steering Group approval. Choirs already competing in the European Choir Games may also be selected dependent on Steering Group approval)
- Choirs must be between 4 and 45 people
- Choirs must have been based in the country they are representing for at least six months before their selection
- Choirs must perform a capella
The timeline for next years competition is as follows;
- Expressing interest in participation – September 30
- Letters of Commitment – October 31
- Confirmation of Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019 being held – January 15, 2019
- Pre-production – January 15 to July 31
- On-Site – July 31 to August 4
To date two nations have already confirmed their participation in Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019. Romania selected their participant in the autumn of 2017, while Wales has launched their selection process. The following countries also participated in the 2017 contest;
- Austria – ORF
- Belgium – RTBF
- Denmark – DR
- Estonia – ERR
- Germany – WDR
- Hungary – MTVA
- Latvia – LTV
- Slovenia – RTVSLO
Of note is that neither of the two EBU member broadcasters in Sweden have been confirmed as the host broadcaster. Both SVT and TV4 would be eligible to host the contest, with SVT having participated in every Eurovision format excluding the Eurovision Dance Contest which TV4 participated in.