RTS has revealed the two commentators who will be live from Gothenburg guiding viewers through Eurovision Choir 2019.
RTS has revealed that Jean-Marc Richard and Philippe Savoy will provide the commentary for its coverage of Eurovision Choir 2019. Jean-Marc Richard is no stranger to Eurovision having been the Swiss French language commentator at the contest since 1993. Jean is among the longest serving commentators at the contest, with tonight’s event being his first non Song Contest Eurovision event.
Joining Jean-Marc Richard is Philippe Savoy. Philippe Savoy is the lead of the Chœur Saint-Michel in Fribourg, he will be bringing his choral expertise to the commentary booth.
Cake O’Phonie will represented Switzerland on their debut in the competition this evening. The choir was selected to represent Switzerland at the end of last year, having won the RTS format Chorus.
The first performance is a compilation of Chante en mon cœur, La sera sper il lag, Poï, Le ranz des vaches, La ticinella, Beresinaliedet Chanson d’ici. This performance will feature French, Italian, Germany, Romansh and Patois. Should the choir be one of the three finalists they will be performing “Believer” by Imagine Dragons.
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.