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Eurovision stars perform at the opening night of New Wave 2019

Russian and Ukrainian stars take the stage

This year, the New Wave contest will take place in Russia’s Sochi for the fifth time. Last night the festival started with a two-hour long show, where we saw performances by Sergey Lazarev, LOBODA and Dima Bilan, among others.

Sergey Lazarev performs his latest Eurovision entry

Sergey Lazarev, who recently released his new album Ya ne boyus’, performed his 2019 entry “Scream”. Similar to his Eurovision performance, Sergey was dressed in all white and some of the graphics from the performance were also displayed.

Eurovision 2008 winner Dima Bilan performed his 2018 single “Molniya”.

LOBODA, who represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, performed her songs “INSTADRAMA” and “Pulya-dura”.

Familiar names among the contestants

As we previously reported, some familiar names from Eurovision and the national selections are taking part in New Wave this year. Probably most recognized name is AISEL, who represented Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Also competing are Albania’s Inis Neziri, who competed in Festivali i Këngës 56 and placed third, ANNA MARIA from Ukraine, who competed in Vidbir this year and Armenia’s Tyom who failed to qualify for the final of Armenia’s national final in 2018 with the song “Follow the Ocean”.

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Sami Luukela

I started watching Eurovision back in 2006, when I was only 10 and couldn't stay up to see Lordi winning. I attended my first contest in 2013 in Malmö and been to all the contests ever since. I'm studying journalism and I love music — you will probably never see me without my headphones on.

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