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Eurovision Choir (formerly Eurovision Choir of the Year) is a biennial choral competition organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Interkultur. The competition is modeled after Interkultur's World Choir Games. It is open to broadcasters that are members of the EBU. The inaugural competition took place on 22 July 2017, in Riga, Latvia.

Eurovision Choir
Eurovision Choir.svg
Also known asEurovision Choir of the Year
GenreChoral competition
Based onWorld Choir Games
Country of originList of countries
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes2 contests
Production
Production location(s)EBU member states
Running time120 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorEurovision
Release
Picture format1080i (HDTV) (2017–present)
Original release22 July 2017; 2 years ago (2017-07-22) –
present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Official website
Production website

OriginsEdit

 
Former generic logo (used in 2017).

Eurovision Choir is a new event being launched by the EBU, and the latest event to be launched since the Eurovision Magic Circus Show. The event will consist of non-professional choirs who are members of the EBU, with the inaugural contest scheduled to take place on 22 July 2017, hosted by the Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija (LTV), and to coincide with the closing ceremony of the European Choir Games 2017.[1] The event was officially confirmed on 30 November 2016 depending on a reasonable amount of interest from active members of the European Broadcasting Union.[2] On 21 July 2017, it was announced that the Eurovision Choir of the Year would be a biennial contest unless viewing figures were higher than expected.[3]

The concept of Eurovision Choir was first discussed in 2014 as a contest organized by the Latvian national broadcaster, Latvijas Televizija (LTV), and the network Arte, following the positive reception of "Born in Riga", a concert organized by LTV. LTV approached multiple broadcasters including the EBU and Interkultur regarding the organization of a new contest reaching a wider audience.[4]

FormatEdit

The choir members of the EBU will compete for the title of the Eurovision Choir of the Year, with prizes including a recording contract for the winning choir. Each choir performs an unaccompanied ensemble of six minutes in any genre and is judged by a high-level jury who decide the winner.[citation needed]

ParticipationEdit

Listed are all the countries that have ever taken part in the competition alongside the year in which they made their debut:[citation needed]

Year Country making its debut entry
2017
2019

HostingEdit

Most of the expense of the contest is covered by commercial sponsors and contributions from the other participating nations. The table below shows a list of cities and venues that have hosted Eurovision Choir, one or more times. Future venues are shown in italics.[citation needed]

Contests Country City Venue Years
1 Latvia Riga Arena Riga
Sweden Gothenburg Partille Arena 2019

Winning entriesEdit

Year Date Host city Participants Winner Song Choir Runner-up Third place
2017 22 July   Riga[5] 9   Slovenia "Ta na Solbici"
"Adrca"
"Aj, zelena je vsa gora"
Carmen Manet   Wales   Latvia
2019 3 August   Gothenburg[6] 10   Denmark "Viola" Vocal Line   Latvia   Slovenia

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Granger, Anthony (8 August 2016). "EBU to launch "Choir of the Year" contest". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  2. ^ Trustram, Matthew. "Choir of the Year 2017". ebu.ch. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ Granger, Anthony (21 July 2017). "Eurovision Choir of the Year Scheduled to be a Biennial Contest". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  4. ^ Granger, Anthony (19 July 2017). "Concept for Eurovision Choir of the Year Was First Discussed in 2014". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  5. ^ "EBU launches Eurovision Choir of the Year". ebu.ch. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019 to Be Held in Gothenburg". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. 8 July 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.

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