This weekend the first ever edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year takes place in Riga, Latvia. The event has been organised by Latvian Television, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), INTERKULTUR and LIVE RIGA.
At first glance, the Eurovision Song Contest may not have much in common with the Eurovision Choir of the Year competition but over the years many choirs have appeared, both as participating acts and during the interval and opening sequences.
The more the merrier
Unlike the Eurovision Song Contest where there is a limit of six people on stage, there is no such maximum limit at the Eurovision Choir of the Year competition.
Choirs are not uncommon in the Eurovision family. Over the years, some acts have performed at the Eurovision Song Contest using only one instrument: their voices. Belgium's entry in 2011, With Love Baby was performed by vocal group Witloof Bay however the group didn't qualify for the Grand Final in Dusseldorf.
In 2006 Latvia was represented by a cappella band Cosmos with their song I Hear Your Heart. Unfortunately for them, the voters didn't care much for what they heard and the group finished seventeenth in Athens.
The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest saw two choirs perform as part of the live shows. The First Semi-Final was opened by Loreen who sang Euphoria alongside a childrens' choir and during the opening of the Grand Final a choir performed We Write The Story.
The 1995 interval act also featured a choir, Lumen. One of the singers, Brian Kennedy, went on to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with Every Song Is A Cry For Love. It was the 1000th song to be performed in the Eurovision Song Contest.