Every year by the end of July a unique song contest is being held in Latvia.
Deep interest of millions of TV viewers supporting the contestants as well as concert programs of the contest confirm the fact that the “New Wave” has become a long awaited annual European festival. The idea to organize a new contest different from all those held in Russia and CIS countries before, struck composers Igor Krutoy and Raymond Pauls at the beginning of 2002. A musical forum like this would help to find new talented artists not only in Russia, but also in other countries. Every year such world known artists as Alessandro Safina, Lara Fabian, Toto Cutugno, Tony Braxton, Chris de Burgh and many others gather in Latvia, to take part and support the contestants.
This year at the “New Wave 2012” Song Contest musician and singer Suren Arustamyan will represent Armenia. Suren Arustamyan was a member of Hay Superstar ( Armenian version of the British television hit show Pop Idol) in 2009. “New Wave 2012” Song Contest final will be held in Jūrmala, Latvia, on July 24-29.
At “New Wave 2012” Song Contest Suren Arustamyan will differ from the representatives of sixteen participating countries by his style.
“There is no style imitation; they are different, and primarily in the pop genre. I am the only one who will sing Blues. And I am the only one who will play an instrument too” said Suren at press conference before leaving Armenia.
“I do not consider myself a vocalist. Overall performance is my strong point, and I don’t intend on surprising anyone with my vocal,” said Arustamyan, and added that having a good performance is most important for him”.
In the “International Hits” category Suren Arustamyan will perform Eric Clapton’s “Change The World,” and in the “National Hits” category he will interpret “Ov Sirun, Sirun” (“Oh, Lovely, Lovely”). The author’s song is selected, too, but it is possible to be changed.
The winner of the last year’s festival was the participant from USA. Armenian participant Sona Shahgeldyan won the song contest in 2010.