Ieva Rozentāle, one of the leading forces behind Eurovision Choir, has revealed more details about tonight’s final of Eurovision Choir.
Ieva Rozentāle, the Head of Cultural Broadcasting at LTV, has revealed more details about the final of Eurovision Choir 2019. Ms Rozentāle was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the contest, have originally proposed the format to the European Broadcasting Union.
Tonight’s show unlike other Eurovision contests is not being produced by a broadcaster in the host country. The contest in Gothenburg is being co-produced by the EBU, along with other broadcasters including LTV, but not by SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster.
The contest is being produced by Ieva Rozentāle of LTV and Peter Maniura of the BBC. Ms Rozentāle explained that the key to the format is making sure that inspiring moments take place throughout the show. It is those moments that she believes can win over various broadcasters who currently do not understand the impact of choral music. According to Ms Rozentāle;
Colleagues in the European Broadcasting Union are delighted and surprised – how interesting it is that “ordinary” people can watch it, and it’s not that difficult – that it is music that can appeal to anyone.
Eurovision Choir has evolved since the competition was first held in Latvia in 2017. This year see’s the introduction of a semi-final and final format to the show. All ten choirs perform, before the jury selects three choirs to progress to the final and perform again.
In terms of further evolution to the format Ms Rozentāle added:
At this time, however, it will not be possible to secure the kind of audience vote that is common in big Eurovision, as we are working more on the music itself and not engaging as much, so the winner will be determined by the jury.
Looking ahead to the show this evening, the LTV Head of Cultural Programming revealed that there were discussions around what effects and props can be used at the competition. Koris Maska of Latvia has received permission to bring a gong on stage.
In contrast BonnVoice from Germany had wanted to electronic sound processing that deepens the voices. This was refused by the contests organisers as it would have made a large difference to the performers vocals.
Choirs from ten different countries will compete in tonight’s show. The running order for the evening is as follows:
- 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”
The following broadcasters will air the contest:
- Belgium – La Trois – 20:30 CEST
- Denmark – DR1 – 20:30 CEST
- Germany – WDR – 20:15 CEST (15 minute pre-show)
- Latvia – LTV 1 – 20:25 CEST
- Norway – NRK1 – 20:20 CEST (10 minute pre-show)
- Scotland – BBC Alba – 19:30 BST
- Slovenia – RTV 1 – 20:40 CEST (10 minute delay)
- Sweden – SVT 2 – 20:30 CEST
- Switzerland – RTS Un – 20:30 CEST
- Wales – S4C – 19:00 BST (30 minute pre-show)
- Belgium – Musiq3
- Norway – NRK Klassik
SVT Play is also streaming the show live for viewers who live outside of the participating countries.
Of note is that Eurovision Choir 2019 is being broadcast as live. This means that the contest actually starts at 20:00 CEST, and will not start being broadcast until 20:30 CEST. This is to cut European Choir Games content for the broadcaster, as well as allow the jury to decide the three finalists and the winner off air.