Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019 has moved venues, after the Scandinavium was previously named as the location for the contest.
The Partille Arena will be the venue for the 2nd edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year. In the summer it had been announced that the Scandinavium which hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1985, but the venue has changed. The contest is now set to be held at an arena a third a size of the Scandinavium
The Partille Arena was opened in the summer of 2016 and can hold up to 4,500 spectators. The indoor arena is home to two handball clubs, and replaced the Partillebohallen which had been in operation since 1967. The arena is around half the size of the Arena Riga which hosted the inaugural edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year in 2017.
Five nations are set to make their debut at Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019 on August 3, including the first ever appearance of Scotland at a Eurovision contest. A total of ten countries will be competing in the 2019 competition in Gothenburg, for the second edition of the EBU’s newest Eurovision competition. The ten nations taking to the stage in Sweden are:
- Belgium – RTBF
- France – France Télévisions – Debut
- Germany – WDR
- Latvia – LTV
- Norway – NRK – Debut
- Scotland – BBC Alba – Debut
- Slovenia – RTVSLO
- Sweden – SVT – Debut
- Switzerland – RTS – Debut
- Wales – S4C
Withdrawing from the competition are:
- Austria – ORF
- Denmark – DR
- Estonia – ERR
- Hungary – MTVA
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.