A qualifying round for the New Wave Junior Contest 2017 is to be held on March 26 in Kazan, Tatarstan.

On March 26 a qualifying round is being held for singers from the Volga Federal District wishing to participate in New Wave Junior 2016. The contest is open to singers aged between 7 and 13 years old. Singers wishing to compete in this years contest have until March 20th to submit their application. The rules of the contest are as follows:

  • Singers may be solo, duets or an ensemble
  • Singers must perform a world hit and another song of the singers choice
  • Singers must have been born in the years 2004 to 2010.

Singers from the following Federal Subjects will take part in the auditions in Kazan:

  • Chuvash Republic
  • Kirov Oblast
  • Mari El Republic
  • Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
  • Orenburg Oblast
  • Penza Oblast
  • Perm Krai
  • Republic of Bashkortostan
  • Republic of Mordovia
  • Republic of Tatarstan
  • Samara Oblast
  • Saratov Oblast
  • Udmurt Republic
  • Ulyanovsk Oblast

Those singers who qualify from the qualifying round for the Volga District will go through to an All-Russia selection round in Moscow on April 5. At this stage Russia will select their participant/participants for New Wave Junior 2017. Between April 8 and April 9, semi finals will be held in Moscow consisting of the Russian participants and singers from the other competing countries, the finalists will then be selected.

The Rules of the New Wave Junior 2017 Final:

  • Pre-recorded backing vocals are allowed as long as they are not used to boost the lead singer
  • Performances should not last longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • No more than six people may be on the stage for the performance
  • Rehearsals will begin 10 days before the final of the competition
  • The performances will be judged by a panel made up of international music professionals.
  • Voting will be decided on an 11 point system.
  • Prizes will be awarded for the singers who place first, second or third in the competition.

Full rules can be found at the official website – here.

New Wave Junior 2017 is to be held from May 31 to June 1 at the Artek Camp in Crimea.

Source: New Wave Junior

New Wave Junior was held for the first time in 2008 and is the children’s version of New Wave. The competition is open to singers under the age of 12 years. Over 30 countries have participated in the contest since it was first held with Ukraine the most successful country in the contest to date. Former winners include Eurovision winners, Gaia Cauchi, Sofia Tarasova and Anastasiya Petryk.