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Eurovision Choir of the Year

Invitation to participate in the 2019 edition

Following the success of its first edition in Riga (2017), the EBU proposes to produce a second edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year in partnership with the European Choir Games in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Blending spectacular staging and a live stadium ambience with eclectic and profound musical performances from a wide range of traditions and cultures, Eurovision Choir of the Year will again take viewers on a journey across Europe in search of the continent's preeminent amateur vocal group.

After a colourful 'postcard' introduction, each choir will perform an a cappella set in the 12,000 seat arena before a panel of leading figures from the world choral scene will determine the 2019 prizewinner. Massed performances and additional non-competition musical performances will vary the texture throughout.

EBU Members are invited to express their interest in participating by email before 30 September 2018. For further information or to discuss any aspect of your application to participate, please contact Matthew Trustram (

2019 Competition

  • Musical Genre: Free
  • Choir Eligibility:
    4-45 choristers
    Open to all amateur choirs (with at least 50% of the singers of the Choir singers not having chorus activity as their main source of remuneration) eligible for participation in the European Choir Games.
    Choirs must be based in and have held regular rehearsals in the territory of the Participating Broadcaster for at least 6 months preceding their selection.
    Choirs to perform 'a cappella'
  • Selection:
    Televised competition or expert committee (Subject to Steering Group approval)
    EBU Members may also select a choir already registered to attend the European Choir Games (subject to Steering Group approval)
  • Minimum-Maximum Broadcaster Slots:
    10-12 (In the event of over-subscription, broadcaster slots will be allocated by the Steering Group in the best interests of the competition.)


  • Deadline for expressing interest in participating: 30 September 2018
  • Deadline for Letters of Commitment:  31 October 2018
  • Event Confirmation: 15 January 2019 (latest possible date; will be brought forward if possible.)
  • Preproduction: 15 January - 31 July 2019
  • On-Site: 31 July - 4 August 2019

About 2017 event

22 July 2017 saw the launch of this brand new international TV competition.
Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 featured Europe’s best amateur choirs who traveled to Riga and competed for the title Eurovision Choir of the Year. Carmen Manet from Slovenia won the inaugural competition.

Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 was a co-production between the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Member Latvian Television (LTV). It took place within the popular international competition European Choir Games, organized by German-based INTERKULTUR, the world’s leading organizer of international choir competitions and festivals in collaboration with LIVE RIGA.

Watch Carmen Manet winning performance below and the full show here.



Production status


Target age

Year of production

3 August 2019, live deferred (time TBC) / Venue: Scandinavium Arena, Gothenburg (Sweden)

European Choir Games

Contact detail

Matthew Trustram
Project Manager
+41 22 717 2623