The deadline for broadcasters to confirm that they wish to participate in Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019 is this Friday.
The Project Manager for Eurovision Choir of the Year has confirmed that this Friday is the deadline for interested broadcasters to confirm their interest in participating. This Friday’s deadline is according to Mr Trustram applicable to most interested broadcasters, with a few exceptions who have been given more time.
According to Mr Trustram it is hoped that by the end of this year that the European Broadcasting Union will be able to formally confirm that the 2019 contest will take place. The 2019 contest is 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
To date the only nations to have confirmed their participation are;
- Belgium – RTBF
- Romania – TVR
- Wales – S4C
The national broadcasters of Estonia and Denmark are both currently discussing whether they will be taking part in the competition.
The contest which is to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden in August 2019, currently does not have a host broadcaster. The competition is being produced in partnership with Interkultur and the European Choir Games.
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.
Source: Matthew Trustram