Belarus will not have a single singer competing in the final of New Wave 2017 this September as no singer manages to impress the judges.

It has been revealed that Belarus will not have a single singer competing in the finals of New Wave 2017 this September in Sochi, Russia. Angelika Pushnova from the Belarussian national broadcaster revealed the news on Facebook and expressed her disappointment at the decision.

Six singers from Belarus had traveled to Moscow to take part in the pre-selection round. Among the singers is Olga Shimanskaya who is due to represent Poland at the Turkvision Song Contest 2017 in Astana later this year. She has also attempted to represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest on a number of occasions under the name NAPOLI.

Belarus debuted in the contest in 2005 and has to date only ever missed the contest in 2006, 2013 and 2014. The country is one of the most frequent participants in the contest only being beaten by the likes of Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. Belarus is not alone in not having a singer in this years contest, Latvia who hosted the contest until 2014 also failed to have a single singer make this years final.

Belarus’ results in the contest are as follows:

  • 2005 – Aleksey Khlestov – 10th – 210 points
  • 2007 – Polina Smolova – 5th – 301 points
  • 2008 – “Dyadya Vanya” – 14th – 302 points
  • 2009 – Maks Lorens – 9th – 327 points
  • 2010 – Litesound – 6th – 278 points
  • 2011 – Uzari – 11th – 318 points
  • 2012 – Aleksandra Bartashevich – 6th/7th – 185 points
  • 2015 – Trio Inzhir – 254 points – 12th
  • 2016 – Sasha Zakharik – 402 points – 14th

To date the following singers have been announced as participating in the competition:

  • Armenia – Erna Mirzoyan
  • Kazakhstan – Rustem Zhugunussov
  • Russia – Sasha Santa
  • Uzbekistan – Sardor Milano

Source: Angelika Pushnova

New Wave was first held in 2002 in Jurmala, Latvia. The contest which is held over three days is open to singers age between 16 and 35 years old. The competition is incredibly popular within Eastern Europe with up and coming performers taking to the stage alongside well known guests from across the region. The contest has been a launching point for many careers including Intars Busulis, Natalia Gordienko and Jamala the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.