The Latvian national broadcaster has launched the nations search for their participants in Eurovision Choir of the Year.
LTV is inviting participants of XXVI Vispārējo Dziesmu, XVI Deju or Dziesmu karos to apply to represent Latvia at Eurovision Choir of the Year. A total of 34 choirs are eligible to compete in the contest and are invited to submit a 4-minute clip of a performance of one or more songs.
The choir performances will be judged by a panel of professionals with professional Latvian choir conductors and one representative from the LTV and the Latvian National Culture Center. The choirs will be judged by the technical and artistic performance of the performance, creativity, visual image and attractiveness that will allow our choir to stand out on the big Eurovision stage.
Ieva Rozentāle the Head of Cultural broadcasting at LTV commented:
Our choir music is internationally distinguished not only by its deep traditions, but also by its modern compositions, which combine traditions and contemporary, creating a special sound that is unique to Latvia.
Therefore, in my opinion, it is especially important to reveal not only the character of the choir but also the modern Latvian identity in the performance.
Latvia hosted the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year in 2017. The nation was represented by Spīgo who were selected by a televised selection process. They finished second behind Slovenia.
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