TVR has declined an EBU invite to participate in Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019, despite having selected their entrants.
The EBU has revealed that despite having selected a choir to compete in Eurovision Choir of the Year, the Romanian national broadcaster declined an invitation to participation. In a statement to Eurovision-FR.net, the EBU explained that TVR were invited like other members of the Union to participate, but did not accept the invitation.
Romania’s national broadcaster had previously held a selection show for Eurovision Choir of the Year in 2017. Ten choirs had participated in the Excelsior Gala Awards which showcased Romanian culture and traditions. The winning choir was then awarded the right to represent Romania at Eurovision Choir of the Year, which at the time had not yet been confirmed for a second edition.
Corul Symbol won the Romanian national selection, which was only the third national selection to have been staged for Eurovision Choir of the Year. The choir has not released a statement or reacted to the news on social media regarding today’s announcement.
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.