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Eurovision Young Musicians gets underway in Cologne

Eurovision Young Musicians gets underway in Cologne
Photo: EBU / Elena Volotova
Cologne, Germany -

Eurovision Young Musicians has taken place every two years since 1982 and today rehearsals for the 2016 edition started in Cologne, Germany. Like the Eurovision Song Contest, the event is a competition between members of the European Broadcasting Union. Each participating country is represented by a musician who performs of piece of classical music of their choice, up to six minutes and thirty seconds long, accompanied by an orchestra. This year 11 musicians from around Europe will compete for the title of Eurovision Young Musician 2016. The live show will be broadcast from Cologne at 20:00 on Saturday 3rd September.

The 2014 contest, also hosted in Cologne, was won by Austria which is the reigning champion of the competition with five victories to date. This year will see San Marino make its debut. Austria has hosted the show six times in total, followed by Germany which has staged the event three times. Portugal and Poland are the only countries never to have hosted the Eurovision Song Contest but staged Eurovision Young Musicians, in 1994 and 1996 respectively.

Ziya He won Eurovision Young Musicians for Austria in 2014:

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The format

Each of the 11 participants will perform their piece of music which will be judged by a five-person professional jury. Jurors will comment on the performances after each participant has finished their piece, adding to the interaction during the show. After all of the performances, the jury will award points to each participant and the top three will be announced.

Participating countries in 2016:

  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

The 2016 edition of Eurovision Young Musicians will take place in Cologne at 20:00 CET on Saturday 3rd September and be produced by German public broadcaster WDR in collaboration with the EBU. The live show will be hosted by German TV personality Tamina Kallert and British violinist Daniel Hope.

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