The line-up for the 2019 edition of New Wave — the international contest for young singers — has been released. The contest will feature Azeri singer Aisel, as well as acts familiar to national final fans.
New Wave 2019 will take place from 24 to 29 August — that’s in just over two weeks’ time. The event will take place at its traditional venue — the New Wave Concert Hall in Sochi, Russia.
The contest will be judged by an expert jury, and will also include star-studded guest performances from many former Eurovision acts. But the stars of the event will be the 13 competing acts, including Eurovision, national final and talent show stars.
New Wave 2019 – competing acts
The most familiar name to Eurovision fans will be Azeri songstress Aisel. While she was a fan favourite at Eurovision 2018, Aisel’s song “X My Heart” did not make it to the grand final in Lisbon. Will she have better luck at New Wave?
Aisel will be facing stiff competition from the young Albanian singer Inis Neziri. Inis made her mark in 2017 at Festivali i Këngës 56, where she placed third with her song “Piedestal”. Last year Inis won Romania’s Golden Stag song contest, proving she can hold her own in an international competition.
Given all the scandal and drama at the Ukraine 2019 national final, you could be forgiven for not remembering Anna Maria. The twin sister act will also be competing in New Wave.
At Depi Evratesil 2018, Tyom performed “Follow the Ocean”. Unfortunately the X Factor star didn’t make the grand final, but he’ll have another chance to shine at New Wave.
Eagle-eyed viewers may remember Italian singer Thomas Grazioso from Eurovision 2008. There, he could be found as one of Swiss act Paolo Meneguzzi’s backing singers.
Other contestants have a background on The Voice. In 2013, Moldovan singer Victor Balan was on Dima Bilan’s team on The Voice Russia, while Russia’s Danil was on Team Dima in 2017. Last year, German-born American singer Sandro Nicolas made it to the sing-off stage of The Voice of Germany, while Cuban singer Iliana Sanchez made it to the Battle Rounds of The Voice Russia. As well, Latvian girl group Radio Trio placed third last year on X Factor Latvia.
The contest also features Juan Ricondo from Spain and Taras from Ukraine and Russian group Davinchi.
New Wave has a strong connection with Eurovision contestants, both past and future. The contest was previously won by Sergey Lazarev (as part of pop duo Smash!!!), Intars Busulis, Jamala, Natalia Gordienko and DoReDos. They all went on to represent their country at Eurovision — and in Jamala’s case, win it.
While the jury will determine the contest winner, the public are also able to have their say. Perhaps taking inspiration from wiwibloggs’ Eurovision’s Next Top Model contest, fans will be able to vote for the most stylish contestant. Check out the acts and cast your vote at WMJ.
New Wave 2019 takes place from 24 to 29 August and will be broadcast on Russian television.
What do you think? Can Aisel do better than her Eurovision 2018 result? Who do you think should win New Wave 2019? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.