Steven Clerima has confirmed to Tele Loisirs that he will be the Head of Delegation for France at Eurovision Choir of the Year.
Steven Clerima, who is the Head of Delegation for France at the Eurovision and Junior Eurovision Song Contest, will also be responsible for France’s participation in Eurovision Choir of the Year. Mr Clerima revealed in an interview with Tele Loisirs that he will take the role, but that he cannot reveal any information regarding France’s debut in the competition.
France 3’s latest TV format ‘Le grand concours des chorales’ is being rumored to be used as the selection process for France at Eurovision. ‘Le grand concours des chorales’ will see each evening eight choirs from eight different cities, perform two songs. One of the songs will be sung in the presence of the singer of that song and the public will be asked to vote to decide which choir will be able to go to the finals.
The show is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2019, with contest highlighting choral music from across the French regions. The show will be produced by Carson and presented by Cyril Féraud. France Televisions has not commented on whether the show will be used as the French selection.
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.
Source: Tele Loisirs