Watch: Slovenia's Carmen Manet wins "Choral Eurovision"

Slovenian choir Carmen Manet won the first Eurovision Choir of The Year, a TV talent competition for amateur choirs that was hosted on July 22 in Riga, Latvia. 

Carmen Manet was awarded a trophy and a €10,000 prize.

The jury, made up of British composer John Rutter, Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and Swiss conductor Nicolas Fink, praised the powerful performance that showed strength in timbre, tone, power and a nuanced delivery.

After the jury announcement the nine participating choirs performed Ēriks Ešenvalds' My Song with the young composer himself accompanying the choirs with a piano.

Estonian TV Girls' Choir with Absolute Tormis - a collage of six pieces by Veljo Tormis

Denmark's Academic Choir Aarhus with In the Seraglio Garden and Like a Child: I. Lullaby

Belgium's Les Pastoreaux with In the Troop and Together

Germany's Jazzchor Freiburg with African Call and Palette

Hungary's Béla Bartók Male Choir with Songs from Karad

Wales' Côr Merched Sir Gâr with O, Mountain, O, and Mil harddach and Wade in the Water

Austria's Hard-Chor Linz with Ave Maria, I Do What I Want and Vegetables, No. 3 Rah!

Latvia's Spīgo with Grezna saule debesīs and Es čigāna meita biju

The show, broadcast on twelve European TV channels, was hosted by Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and LTV culture presenter Eva Ikstena.

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