New Wave (competition)

New Wave (Russian: Новая волна, Novaya volna, Latvian: Jaunais Vilnis) is an international contest for young performers of popular music founded in 2002 by the Russian composer Igor Krutoy and Latvian pianist and composer Raimonds Pauls and later enhanced by the Russian superstar Alla Pugacheva. The contest usually lasts for six days: 3 contest days, 2 special event days and, at the end, the day where the contest's results are announced followed by an ending concert.

New Wave
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GenrePop, europop, jazz
DatesSix days (three contest days) in July
Years active2002–2019; 2021–present
Founded byIgor Krutoy and Raimonds Pauls


For the first 14 years New Wave was held in the Latvian coastal city of Jūrmala,[1] but in 2015 it moved to Sochi, the Russian Federation (other potential locations included Baku, Kaliningrad, Kazan and Crimea). According to organizer Igor Krutoy, the main reason for relocating was performing Russian singers Valeriya, Iosif Kobzon and Oleg Gazmanov being denied entry into Latvia for the 2014 contest by Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs because of their voiced support for Russia's annexation of Crimea.[2][4]


Although meant to popularize new stars from all over Europe, the countries of the former USSR and the USA, many present and former superstars play an important, if not the most important, role in it. Many participants have also represented their countries at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, including but not limited to: Helena Meraai (Belarus), Gaia Cauchi (Malta), Marta Kirakosyan (Armenia), Ela Mangion (Malta), Daneliya Tuleshova (Kazakhstan), Krisia Todorova (Bulgaria), Lerika Engalycheva (Russia and Moldova), Anahit Adamyan (Armenia), Polina Bogusevich (Russia), Misha Gregoryan (Armenia), Anastasiya Baginska (Ukraine), Dino Jelusić (Croatia) and Daniel Yastremski (Belarus). New Wave contestants have also represented their country at the Eurovision Song Contest including Jamala (Ukraine), DoReDos (Moldova), Natalia Gordienko (Moldova), Demy (Greece) and Saro Gevorgyan (Armenia; as a backing vocalist).


Year Country Contestant
2021   Armenia Saro Gevorgyan
2019   Albania Inis Neziri
2018   Russia Dan Rosin
2017   Armenia Erna Mir
  Moldova DoReDoS
  Uzbekistan Sardor Milano
2016   Croatia Dino Jelusić
  Italy Walter Ricci
2015   Croatia Damir Kedžo[6]
2014   Georgia Nutsa Buzaladze
2013   Cuba Roberto Kel Torres
2012   Russia Niloo[7]
2011   United States Jayden Felder
2010   Armenia Sona Shahgeldyan
2009   Indonesia Sandhy Sondoro[8]
  Ukraine Jamala
2008   Georgia Duo Georgia
2007   Moldova Natalia Gordienko
2006   United States Anjuelaye Larose
2005   Latvia Intars Busulis
2004   Latvia Cosmos
2003   Russia Anastasia Stotskaya
2002   Russia Smash!!!

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  1. ^ a b "New Wave song festival could switch to Crimea". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. November 28, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "New Wave waves goodbye to Jūrmala". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. February 27, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "Officially confirmed there will not be New Wave in Jurmala this year". Baltic News Network. LETA. February 24, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Ban on Russian Singers Makes 'New Wave' Festival Leave Latvia for Sochi". The Moscow Times. January 12, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (6 July 2020). "New Wave 2020 in Kazan Has Been Cancelled". Eurovoix World. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Bravo majstore! Kedžo pomeo konkurenciju i postao zvijezda u Rusiji!". 11 September 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  7. ^ "New Wave 2012 concludes". Baltic News Network. July 30, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  8. ^ Irina Pantelejeva (August 6, 2015). "International guests throw spotlight on New Wave festivities". The Baltic Times. Retrieved October 6, 2016.

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