Denmark rose to the challenge at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, but they have something major to cheer about this evening. That’s because their choral group Vocal Line won the second ever Eurovision Choir contest— the newest addition to the Eurovision Family of Events from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Organised by Swedish broadcaster SVT and in partnership with Interkultur and Goteborg&Co, this year’s competition took place in the Swedish city of Gothenburg — and combined with the Opening Ceremony of the European Choir Games also in Gothenburg.
The BBC’s Petroc Trelawny co-hosted tonight’s event alongside SVT’s Ella Petterson.
Ten choirs participated in this year’s competition — including the first ever winners Slovenia and Sweden, who made their debut as the host country. For the first time ever in a Eurovision event, Scotland competed as its own nation under the BBC’s Scottish Gaelic channel BBC Alba. Wales returned to the contest, this time with choir Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion.
Eurovision Choir 2019 running order
- Sweden – Zero8
- Belgium – Almakalia
- Latvia – Koris Maska
- Germany – Bonnvoice
- Norway – Volve Vokal
- Denmark – Vocal Line
- Scotland – Alba
- Slovenia – Jazzva
- Switzerland – Cake O’Phonie
- Wales – Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion
Each choir performed a set lasting no longer than four minutes. After the performance, a three-member professional jury panel then gave their feedback.
The three jurors consisted of Swedish singer and composer Katarina Henryson; American singer, director, producer and composer Deke Sharon; and British composer and conductor John Rutter as the jury chairperson.
After all ten countries performed, it was up to the juries to make their all-important deliberations. Unlike the previous contest — and for the very first time — the jury selected Latvia, Denmark and Slovenia as the final three choirs, where they performed again with a different set lasting no longer than three minutes. They were judged based on the following criteria:
- Technical skill
- Quality of sound
After a nervous wait, the juries made their decision and Denmark were announced as the winners of Eurovision Choir 2019. Latvia finished as the runners-up, with 2017 winners Slovenia in third. Not only do Vocal Line take home a specially made trophy, they will also travel to next year’s World Choir Games in Belgium.
Vocal Line from Denmark ?? are the winners of #EurovisionChoir 2019!
?Congratulations to you all! ?
— Eurovision Choir (@EurovisionChoir) August 3, 2019
Eurovision Choir is a biennial choral competition. It was first held in 2017, then called Eurovision Choir of the Year. Nine countries competed in the first event, with Slovenian choir Carmen Manet becoming the first ever winner. From 2019, it has been renamed to Eurovision Choir.
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