Latvia the host nation of the first edition of New Wave in 2002 has missed out for the first time in having a singer in the final.

Latvian media reports that four singers traveled to Moscow, Russia on Saturday to compete in the selection round. However for the first time none of the Latvian singers were selected by the jury to go through to the final of New Wave 2017. Latvia was one of just two countries to have participated in every edition of the competition since it was first held in 2002, the only other country being Russia the current host nation.

Last year Latvia was represented by Samanta Tina who went on to finish in 12th place with a total of 400 points, 25 points behind the winners from Croatia and Italy. Latvia is one of the best performing countries in the contests history having won the contest twice.

Full list of Latvia’s results:

  • 2002 – Dzhey Stiver – 3rd place
  • 2003 – Veronika Plotnikova – 5th – 211 points
  • 2004 – Vocal group “Cosmos” – 1st – 204 points
  • 2005 – Intars Busulis – 1st – 227 points
  • 2006 – Zhanna Blagoveshchenskaya – 7th – 285 points
  • 2007 – Andris Erglis – 2nd – 308 points
  • 2008 – Dons – 4th – 342 points
  • 2009 – Aisha – 4th – 335 points
  • 2010 – Lady’s Sweet – 10th – 269 points
  • 2011 – LieneCandy – 8th – 328 points
  • 2012 – Framest – 4th/5th – 277 points
  • 2013 – Peteris Upelnieks – 16th (Last) – 319 points
  • 2014 – Stas Šurins – 11th – 207 points
  • 2015 – Valeriy Bogdanov – 14th – 243 points
  • 2016 – Samanta Tina – 12th – 400 points

To date only one singer has been publicly confirmed as participating in New Wave 2017, they are Rustem Zhugunussov from Kazakhstan.

Source: TV Net

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.