BBC Alba has confirmed to Eurovoix that preparations are underway for Scotland’s debut appearance at a Eurovision event.
Discussions are ongoing at BBC Alba regarding how the broadcaster will select its debut entry in Eurovision Choir of the Year. The broadcaster informed Eurovoix that is it discussing the its selection procedure and will reveal more in the coming weeks.
BBC Alba is the broadcaster that will take Scotland in to its first Eurovision event. BBC Alba was set up in 2008 and broadcasts in Scottish Gaelic, on average over 600,000 viewers watched the channel on a weekly basis.
Five nations are set to make their debut at Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019 on August 3, these are France, Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland. 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 current state of the selection processes in each country is as follows:
- Belgium – Internal Selection
- France – Awaiting further Information
- Germany – BonnVoice selected
- Latvia – Awaiting further information
- Norway – National Final on April 7
- Scotland – Awaiting further information
- Slovenia – Internal Selection
- Sweden – Awaiting further information
- Switzerland – Cake O’Phonie selected
- Wales – National Final on April 7
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.