The auditions round to decide who will participate in New Wave 2017 later this year in Sochi, Russia is being held this weekend in Moscow.

Alongside the semi finals round of the New Wave Junior selection, auditions are being held to select the singer who will compete in New Wave 2017. The competition is open to singers aged between 16 and 35 years old. The performers must sing three different songs, representing the world hit, a hit from their own country, and a song that the singer has released. A jury made up of music professionals will decide who will compete in the contest.

New Wave 2017 is open to all nationalities, the countries who have participated the most are as follows:

  1. Latvia – 15 contests (Original 10 competing countries)
  2. Russia – 15 contests (Original 10 competing countries)
  3. Kazakhstan – 14 contests (Original 10 competing countries)
  4. Ukraine – 14 contests (Debuted in 2003)
  5. Armenia – 10 contests (Debuted in 2003)
  6. Belarus – 10 contests (Debuted in 2005)
  7. Israel – 9 contests (Original 10 competing countries)
  8. Georgia – 9 contests (Original 10 competing countries)
  9. Italy – 8 contests (Debuted in 2006)
  10. Kyrgyzstan – 6 contests (Debuted in 2008)

The most successful countries in the contest are as follows:

  1. Russia – 3 victories, 2 second places, 3 third places
  2. Georgia – 2 victories, 1 second place, 2 third places
  3. Latvia – 2 victories, 1 second place, 1 third place
  4. United States of America – 2 victories, 1 second place
  5. Croatia – 2 victories

The dates of the 2017 contest are yet to be announced. New Wave has been held annually since 2002 and has provided a platform for stars within Eastern Europe to be discovered. These include the likes of Nelly Ciobanu, Rin’Go, Intars Busulis and the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Jamala. Between 16 and 11 singers are normally selected to compete in the final of the competition which is traditionally held in the late Summer or Autumn.

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.