RTBF will be selecting the Belgian participant for Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019 internally.
Telepro reports that the Walloon broadcaster RTBF will be internally selecting the choir that will represent Belgium at Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019. This means that for a second contest running RTBF will be selecting their entry for Eurovision Choir of the Year internally.
In 2017 RTBF was one of nine broadcasters to take part in the inaugural edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year. The competition which took place in Riga, Latvia was watched by 63,500 people, this was more than triple the size of an average audience for the same timeslot on the channel normally.
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.