Eurovision Choir 2019: Everything you need to know

In this article, we will be providing you with all of the information about the 2019 Eurovision Choir of the Year contest.

Background Information

The 2019 Eurovision Choir of the Year contest will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden on the 3rd of August. The contest will be held in the 5,500 seater capacity Partille Arena. The shows partners this year are the European Choir Games & the Gothenburg Tourist Board. Last year, the show was held in Riga, in which Slovenia rose to victory with Carmen Manet.

Who Are The Hosts & Judges?

Hosting this years event is Ella Petersson, head of the music department at SVT, Sweden’s national broadcaster, and Petroc Trelawny, who is a BBC Radio 3 presenter and previously hosted the 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians contest held in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

This year, there are three judges (referred to as jury members). The first is Deke Sharon from America. Deke is a performer, arranger, music producer, producer and coach known for producing five seasons of NBC’s ‘The Sing Off’. The second jury member is John Rutter from the United Kingdom. John is a composer and conductor, and he is known for his church & choral music. His pieces have recently been featured in the past two royal weddings. The third member of the Eurovision Choir Jury is Katarina Henryson from Sweden. Katarina works with various music genres and is known for being part of the acapella group, The Real Group, for the past 32 years.

How Does It Work?

This years ten competing choirs will perform a short piece, no longer than four minutes. After their performances, the jury will give their comments and criticism for the acts. Next will see the decision of which three choirs will be placed in the next round. After the decision has been announced, the three choirs will perform again, another piece for no longer than three minutes. The winner will be decided by the three jury members and will be clarified ‘Eurovision Choir of the Year’.

Who Is Competing?

This year, ten choirs will compete for the chance to be ‘Eurovision Choir of the Year’. The ten competing choirs are: Almakalia from Belgium; Alba from Scotland; Vocal Line from Denmark; Jazzva from Slovenia; Bonn Voice from Germany; Zero8 from Sweden; Babite Municipality Mixed Choir MASKA from Latvia; Cake O’Phonie from Switzerland; Volve Vokal from Norway and Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion from Wales.

This year, there are four debuting countries: Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland. Three countries have withdrawn from last year: Austria, Estonia and Hungary.

How To Watch & Additional Info

The 2019 Eurovision Choir of the Year contest is being shown by all ten competing broadcasters. For those not living in the competing countries, you can watch the contest via SVT Play. The EBU have not confirmed if they are live-streaming the event via Youtube.

Opening, Interval & Reprise Acts – Opening the show are twenty-one choirs from across Västra Götaland County and all ten participating choirs performing “Mamma Mia” by ABBA. The interval acts are Carmen Manet (2017 winners from Slovenia) and Bohuslän Big Band (Swedish jazz ensemble band). The reprise act will be all of the ten choirs performing ‘Thank you for the Music’ by ABBA.

Article Source: European Broadcasting Union

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