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Eurovision Choir 2019
EUROVISION CHOIR

Let the choir sing!

Eurovision is more than just one contest a year

Eurovision 2020 is still ten months away and Junior Eurovision isn't until November 24th, 2019, but fear not for there is still Eurovision Choir 2019 to fill the time. One the 3rd day of August ten countries will send their top choirs to the Partille Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden. As one of the newest Eurovision spin-off competitions the future looks bright for the contest. The first edition of the contest in 2017 was warmly received and saw 9 choirs vie for the title of "Choir of the Year".

This year 10 countries are participating but that's not to say that they only added one nation and that's it.

Eurovision Choir 2019 – Lineup

RunningCountryChoirSongs
1 SwedenZero8
2 BelgiumAlmkalia
3 LatviaBabite Municipality Mixed Choir MaskaNāc, Dievini
Pērkontēvs
4 GermanyBonnVoice
5 NorwayVolve Vokal
6 DenmarkVocal Line
7 ScotlandAlba
8 SloveniaJazzvaSpomenčice
Bejži ptiček
9 SwitzerlandCake O’Phonie
10 WalesYsgol Gerdd Ceredigion

The table will be updated when song titles are announced...

 

Of the 9 original participants three, Austria, Estonia and Hungary have decided not to return, instead wishing to focus their time and resources on either Junior Eurovision or Eurovision 2020. The returning participants include Belgium, Germany, Latvia and Slovenia. Denmark had originally withdrawn but decided in March that they would in fact return to the contest. France was supposed to debut at this years contest but their participation was never confirmed. Countries that are making their debut include Norway, Switzerland and the host nation, Sweden.

As with Junior Eurovision the UK is noticeably absent from Eurovision Choir. This of course leaves the door open for the member states of the UK to participate on their own merit. Wales participated in Junior Eurovision for the first time last year and in 2017 they participated in the first edition of Eurovision Choir. Wales will be making a return to the competition in Gothenburg along with their neighbor to the north Scotland, who will be making their debut not only in the choir competition but in any Eurovision event on their own separate from the UK.

For those who are unfamiliar with the competition the format and winner selection differ a bit from the main Eurovision Song Contest. Choirs can range in size from 4 - 45 members and may perform in any genre they chose. Each choir will perform a 4-minute piece A Capella (without accompaniment) in the first round. In the second round three choirs are asked to perform a second 3-minute piece. The winner is then chosen by an expert jury.

Eurovision Choir 2019 – Jury members

This year the jury includes:

Deke Sharon, an American who is probably most noted for being the music director, arranger and vocal producer for the Pitch Perfect movie franchise. He also produced five seasons of the NBC show The Sing Off and well as music director and guest judge on the BBC's Pitch Battle.

John Rutter, a british composer and conductor. His compositions, including works such as Requiem and Mass of the Children, are world renowned and his music was even featured and the royal weddings of Prince William and Prince Harry.

Katarina Henryson is one of the founding members of the famous a capella band The Real Group. As a solo artist she has performed many different genres and her alto voice can be heard on over 20 albums spanning 32 years.

Eurovision Choir Of The Year 2017 Slovenia
Winner of Eurovision Choir 2017: Carmen Manet from Slovenia

Eurovision Choir 2017 was won by Slovenia and the choir of Carmen Manet. Who will win the competition this year? Join us on August 3rd, 2019 to find out and may the best choir win. Good luck to them all.




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