EBU Eurovision plant ‘ koorfestival ‘

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If it is of the EBU depends, is coming next year a new Member of the Eurovision family. In addition to the ‘ ordinary ‘ Eurovision Song Contest and the children’s version, there would be also a variant for choirs. (Photo: BBC)

The new show is already baptized, Choir of the Year 2017 and is scheduled for 22 July 2017 in the Latvian capital Riga. That date is well chosen, because between 17 and 23 July, already the third edition of the European Choir Games place. The intention is that the new European Choir of the Year competition live on antenna goes in as many countries as possible right before the closing ceremony of the Games.

It is a modest two-hour event, with a budget of about 150,000 euros and eight to twelve participating countries. Each country must be represented by a non-professional choir, that imposed no maximum number of people. Unlike the Eurovision Song Contest, there is no need to new compositions on: there is no restriction on the content of the act, as long as they are not longer than six minutes, not by one choir member dominated and the ‘ national or regional character ‘ of the choir is of paramount importance. Music is optional, and should either be played on tape, either by the members of the choir itself.

Not yet officially

There will be no televoting are: a professional jury will be a winner. The EBU intersperses names around that might be in the jury composed, which without a doubt the best known Barbra Streisand in the list. There will also be movies made to all artists in a postcard, and there is also already talked about groepoptredens and/or break acts.

There is still one problem: on the Latvian, host broadcaster after has no other pledged to participate. The EBU is currently eagerly looking with the recruitment of participants, in their own words on 30 november to upcoming formally known or Choir of the Year 2017 will effectively take place or not. Or broadcasters in Belgium and/or Netherlands interested to participate, is not yet known.

Other examples

It is not the first time that the EBU efforts to other races in addition to the Eurovision Song Contest to the European continent for the screen safe. Since 2003 runs the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in november to his fourteenth edition. In 2007 and 2008 were two editions of dansfestival held a Eurovision from the United Kingdom, where, however, never took part, but Belgium Netherlands called twice.

Another example of a EBU broadcast was the game without Limits, that aired between 1965 and 1999. In that game show names teams from different countries against each other in all kinds of games and commands. Belgium took part between 1965 and 1982, and also won in those two years. Netherlands appeared between 1970 and 1977, and again in 1997 and 1998, but could never win.

The EBU made known a few months ago in cooperation with the Australian broadcaster SBS an Asian variant for the Eurovision Song Contest , but around that project has been communicated for months, nothing more.