New Wave 2004 - Stars
New Wave is an international song contest for young singers in Jurmala, Latvia. The contest has become a traditional gathering place for Russian music stars. Some come to perform, while others just enjoy themselves by watching. “New Wave 2004” took place from July 28th to August 1st.
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Oskar Kuchera, a New Wave host for the second year in a row, fits perfectly into the Jurmala scene with his bike.
Jay Stever (Janis Stibelis) is shown second from right, together with “Cosmos” band members and Zlata. Jay Stever took third place in “New Wave 2002”. This year he played the role of a host.
Iosif Kobzon came to Jurmala and hosted one part of the show together with Verka Serducka. Shortly prior to the contest, Latvia took him off the list of those who are not allowed to enter the country. The reason for not letting him enter is still obscure.
One of the New Wave pillars, Raimonds Pauls thought about leaving the jury chairman’s position, but changed his mind after the band “Cosmos” achieved victory.
Igor Krutoy is the second New Wave pillar. This year Irina Dubcova from “Fabrica Zvezd” (the Russian “Star Academy” version which was a project of I. Krutoy) was expected to win, but she received second place.
New Wave drew together many Russian stars. Some performed, and some just hung out. Igor Nikolaev is shown here.
Artur Gasparyan, tycoon of Russian journalism, and music column editor of the newspaper “Moskovskiy Komsomolets” watches the show