BBC Alba, has this morning reveal more details about taking Scotland to their first ever Eurovision contest.
Scotland is set to be represented by the choir Alba, which is formed of forty choristers from across Scotland. The choir is lead by Joy Dunlop, who is a television presenter for BBC Alba, she helped to bring the choir together for the competition. Joy said:
As a lifelong fan of Eurovision, I’m absolutely thrilled to lead a choir for such a prestigious singing competition. I’ve always had the secret dream of performing on a Eurovision stage and this is a real honour. Bringing a Gaelic Choir to Gothenburg this year is a big step. This competition provides the opportunity to introduce viewers from across Europe to our Gaelic language and heritage. I can’t wait to represent Scotland in a competition of this magnitude in our native tongue. This is a priceless opportunity and one that myself and the choir are whole heartedly embracing.
As part of BBC Alba’s coverage of Eurovision Choir of the Year, the channel has produced a half hour documentary about preparations for the contest. In the documentary Joy gets advice from conductors and dancers, as well as the UK’s Eurovision commentator Graham Norton. She also goes to Wales to meet their entrants Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion , as well as the conductor Islywn Evans.
BBC Alba will broadcast the documentary on July 31 at 9:30 pm, and then show the contest live from Gothenburg on August 3 at 7:30pm.
Eleven nations are taking part in Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The second edition of Eurovision Choir will take place on Saturday 3rd August at the Partille Arena in Sweden.
A total of eleven nations will be participating in the contest that is being held for the second time.
- Belgium – Almakalia
- Denmark – Vocal Line
- France – TBD
- Germany – BonnVoice
- Latvia – Maska
- Norway – Volve Vokal
- Scotland – Alba
- Slovenia – Jazzva
- Sweden – Zero8
- Switzerland – Cake O’Phonie
- Wales – Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion
This years competition will see the debuts of France, Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland at the competition. For Scotland it will be the first time that the nation has made an appearance at a Eurovision contest, following in the footsteps of Wales who made their first appearance in 2017.
The show which will be held in Gothenburg will be hosted by Petroc Trelawny and Ella Petersson. Petroc hosted Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 when it was held in Edinburgh, while Ella is a TV host for SVT’s cultural programming.
Source: BBC Alba