Carmen Manet won the first Eurovision Choir of the Year
Carmen Manet won the first Eurovision Choir of the Year Photo: Reinis Rudzitis

Slovenia wins Eurovision Choir of the Year!

Carmen Manet from Slovenia has won the very first Eurovision Choir of the Year competition. The event was held in Latvia's capital Riga and is the latest addition to the Eurovision Family of Events.

The inaugural Eurovision Choir of the Year was hosted by Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and Latvian Television’s culture presenter Eva Johansone. 

Each choir performed a six-minute set without music. The songs could include one or several works and pieces that reflect their respective national or regional character in some way. The choirs were judged by a high-profile jury, including British composer John Rutter and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča.

The participants

In total nine choirs participated in Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017. Wales participated for the first time in a Eurovision Family of Events production. The participants (in alphabetical order):

  • Hardchor Linz (Austria)
  • Les Pastoreaux (Belgium) 
  • Academic Choir of Aarhus (Denmark)  
  • Estonian TV Girls’ Choir (Estonia)
  • Jazzchor Freiburg (Germany)
  • Spīgo (Latvia)
  • Carmen Manet (Slovenia)
  • Bela Bartok Male Choir (Hungary)
  • Côr Merched Sir Gâr (Wales) 

Results

The top three results were:

  • 1) Slovenia
  • 2) Wales
  • 3) Latvia

Go to the official website of Eurovision Choir of the Year for more information!


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