One day to go!

There is just one day to go until the inaugural Eurovision Choir of the Year takes place in Riga, Latvia. The city is buzzing with excitement as the event also coincides with the European Choir Games. Concerts are taking place all over the city and the final rehearsals for the nine participating choirs are taking place.

What can you expect from the show?

Saturday’s show promises to be a spectacular affair and the eyes of Europe will be on Riga. The show will be broadcast to 12 countries and streamed live around the world. Ahead of the event we caught up with the EBU Head of Live Events Jon Ola Sand. “Eurovision Choir of the Year unites Europe and a lot of people. There are so many choirs around and they haven’t really had this friendly battlefield where they can meet and showcase themselves to Europe. This makes it a unique event,” he said.

“On Saturday you can expect a lot of joy, a lot of good choirs performing and a lot of fun. You can also expect quality. We have a professional panel judging these choirs so it will be a real competition,” added Jon Ola. He also revealed that the EBU are continuously looking into developing new formats for the future. “We see the joy and importance of uniting people and uniting Europe so we are definitely looking into more additions to the Eurovision Family of Events.”

Rehearsals on repeat

Throughout the day each national choir has been rehearsing at the Riga Arena where the live show will be broadcast from tomorrow night. Today sees the full dress rehearsal take place with the presenters, judges and of course nine participating choirs. Many of the choirs have been using their time in Riga to meet each other, take in the sights of the city and of course rehearse again and again!

Where to watch?

Eurovision Choir of the Year will be broadcast live from the Riga Arena on 22 July at 20:00 CEST and available to watch on the channels of the participating countries. The show will also be streamed worldwide on the official Eurovision Choir channel on YouTube.

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