The winner of New Wave 2016, Walter Ricci will represent Italy at the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar this July in Belarus.

Italy will be represented by the reigning champion of New Wave, Walter Ricci at the International Pop Song Performers Contest at Slavianski Bazaar, 2017. The 28-year-old singer will be hoping to replicate the success he achieved last summer in Sochi, Russia where he ended as joint winner of the contest alongside a singer from Croatia.

Walter is a jazz performer having grown up in a musical environment thanks to his musician father, who exposed him from an early age to all sorts of musical genres. Walter has been performing professionally since 2006 and has gone on to perform internationally in Russia and the United States.

Italy has participated in Slavianski Bazaar for over a decade now and has had three top four finishes. The countries best result came in 2016 when Eleanor Vecchio finished joint third with the Moldovan participate. The country has also participated in the children’s contest but has failed to win the contest so far.

The following countries have selected their entrants so far for this years contest:

  • Belarus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Ukraine

Source: Slavianski Bazaar

Slavianski Bazaar has been held annually in Vibetsk, Belarus since 1992. The event consists of two competitive contests, the International Pop Song Performers Contest for singers age 18 to 31, and the Children’s Contest for those age between 7 and 12. The competition is popular in the former Soviet Union, Baltic States and the Balkans. Winners include Ruslana, Zeljko Joksimovic, Donny Montell and Alyona Lanskaya. The Children’s Contest has been held since 2003 and former winners include singers who have gone on to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This includes former winner Ksenia Sitnik who won for Belarus in 2005.