Vocal Line from Denmark have won the second edition of Eurovision Choir this evening in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.
Ten choirs from across Europe performed in Gothenburg tonight as the second edition of Eurovision Choir took place. Four countries competed for the first time tonight; Norway, Scotland, Switzerland and the host country, Sweden. For Scotland it was 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.
In the first round of the competition, each of the choirs performed a piece lasting no longer than four minutes, which had to contain some regional or national influence from the participating country. From the ten choirs, three were chosen to progress to the second round, in which they performed a three-minute piece.
The running order was as follows (second round qualifiers in bold):
- Sweden – Zero8: “Khourmi” / “Hej, dunkom så länge vi levom”
- Belgium – Almakalia: “Made in Belgium” (medley)
- Latvia – Koris Maska: “Pērkontēvs”
- Germany – Bonnvoice: “O Täler weit” / “Die Gedanken sind frei”
- Norway – Volve Vokal: “Ønskediktet”
- Denmark – Vocal Line: “True North”
- Scotland – Alba: “Cumha na Cloinne”/ “Ach a’ Mhairead” / “Alba”
- Slovenia – Jazzva: “Spomenčice”
- Switzerland – Cake O’Phonie: “Chante en mon cœur”/ “La sera sper il lag” / “Poï” / “Le ranz des vaches” / “La ticinella” / “Beresinaliedet” / “Chanson d’ici”
- Wales – Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion: “Cúnla” / “Ar Lan y Môr”
Three countries then qualified to the second round. These are the final results of the second round:
- Denmark – Vocal Line: “Viola”
- Latvia – Koris Maska: “Nāc, Dievini”
- Slovenia – Jazzva: “Bejži ptiček”
A professional jury decided the results of both rounds. The jury consisted of:
- Katarina Henryson (Sweden) – singer and composer, founding member of a cappella ensemble, The Real Group
- John Rutter (United Kingdom) – composer and conductor, was also a judge in 2017
- Deke Sharon (USA) – singer, director, producer, composer and arranger
The 2017 edition of the contest was won by Slovenia’s Carmen Manet, who performed in the interval tonight.