Katya Rishe will represent Romania at New Wave 2017 this September in the Black Sea Resort of Sochi, Russia.

Katya Rishe has confirmed that she will be representing Romania at the finals of New Wave 2017 later this summer in Russia. e group were selected from a total of 96 artists from across the globe to compete in the 15th edition of New Wave.

Katya is only the second artist to represent Romania at the contest, with Romania last competing in the competition in 2007. In 2007 Mihai, who represented Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with “Tornero” took part in the competition. He went on to finish 12th with 287 points in New Wave 2007.

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

  • Armenia – Erna Mirzoyan
  • Kazakhstan – Rustem Zhugunussov
  • Moldova – DoReDoS
  • Romania – Katye Rishe
  • Russia – Sasha Santa
  • Uzbekistan – Sardor Milano
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.