New Wave (competition)

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New Wave
New wave logo.jpg
Genre Pop, Europop, Jazz
Dates Six days (three contest days) in July

Latvia Jūrmala, Latvia (2002-2014)[1]

Russia Sochi, Russia (2015-present)[2]
Years active 2002 - present
Founded by Igor Krutoy and Raimonds Pauls
Official Website

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.

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.


For the first 14 years New Wave used to be held in the Latvian coastal city of Jūrmala, but since 2015 it has 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.[1][2]


Year Country Contestant
2017  Armenia Erna Mir
 Moldova DoReDoS
 Uzbekistan Sardor Milano
2016  Croatia Dino Jelusić
 Italy Walter Ricci
2015  Croatia Damir Kedžo
2014  Georgia Nutsa Buzaladze
2013  Cuba Roberto Kel Torres
2012  Russia Niloo
2011  United States Jayden Felder
2010  Armenia Sona Shahgeldyan
2009  Indonesia Sandhy Sondoro[3]
 Ukraine Jamala
2008  Georgia Duo Georgia
2007 Moldova Moldova Natalia Gordienko
2006  United States Angelina La Rose
2005  Latvia Intars Busulis
2004  Latvia Cosmos
2003  Russia Nastya Stotckaya
2002  Russia Smash!!!

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  1. ^ a b "New Wave song festival could switch to Crimea". LSM. November 28, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Ban on Russian Singers Makes 'New Wave' Festival Leave Latvia for Sochi". The Moscow Times. January 12, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ Irina Pantelejeva (August 6, 2015). "International guests throw spotlight on New Wave festivities". The Baltic Times. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 

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