Estonia and Lithuania join Latvia and Belarus in missing out on a place in the finals of New Wave 2017 in Sochi, Russia.
None of the three Baltic states have made it through to the finals of New Wave 2017 following last weekends auditions round. This years contest has seen a number of traditionally strong countries miss out on a place in the final. Belarus and Latvia have been the biggest surprises so far with both countries having sent a combined twenty-five singers to the contest in recent years.
Estonia has a long history within the contest being one of the ten countries to take part in the first contest in 2002. Lithuania also debuted in the contest in 2002 when it was first held in Latvia and went on to send a total of seven singers to the contest, they last competed in 2014.
The full results of Estonia in the contest are as follows:
- 2002 – Hendig Hanson – Unknown
- 2003 – Khatuna – 15th – 188 points
- 2004 – Maarja – 5th/6th – 181 points
- 2005 – JZ Belle – 13th/14th – 198 points
- 2010 – Uku Suviste – 3rd – 285 points
- 2016 – Kristjan Kasearu – 16th – 379 points
The full results of Lithuania in the contest are as follows:
- 2002 – Indre i Deividas – Unknown
- 2003 – Ruta – 13th – 193 points
- 2004 – Lana Švilpe – 12th – 171 points
- 2005 – Lawry – 17th – 195 points
- 2011 – Donny Montell – 12th – 317 points
- 2012 – Diāna Jasilionite – 11th – 260 points
- 2014 – Monika Linkyte – 4th – 222 points
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
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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.