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Valdis Pelsh, Russian TV presenter from Riga

Valdis Pelsh, Russian TV presenter from Riga

Valdis Pelsh, Russian TV presenter from Riga


Valdis Pelsh is a TEFI-awarded (1997) Soviet and Russian TV presenter and Golden Gramophone-awarded musical artist. He hosted several popular game shows, such as Ugadai Melodiu (Guess the Tune), Russian Roulette and Rozygrysh (Prank). Pelsh is a former vocalist of the band Neschastny Sluchai, which was founded by him and Alexei Kortnev in 1983. Pelsh left the band in 1997.
Valdis was born on June 5, 1967 in Riga into the family of an engineer and economist. He has an older brother and a younger sister.
He graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Faculty of Philosophy. Pelsh appeared on television as a KVN player in 1987.

In 1995 Vladislav Listyev invited him to work on the musical game show Ugadai Melodiu, a Russian version of Name That Tune, on Channel One. The show quickly gained popularity, therefore Valdis Pelsh was mentioned in The Guinness Book of Records as the most popular Russian television personality.
Valdis is fond of diving (Dive Master Advanced Trimix Diver TDI and IANTD). He is also interested in parachuting – participant of Russian, European and World records, four-time champion of Russia, candidate for master of sports in skydiving.
His daughter Eyzhena is in the Guinness World Records book as the youngest diver (14.5 years), who dived near the coast of Antarctica.
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Valdis as presenter of the TV game Ugadai Melodiyu


Personal life
From 1988 to 2005 Valdis was married to Olga Pelsh, their daughter Eyzhena was born in 1992.
On December 19, 2006 he married Svetlana. They have three children: daughter Ilva (born in 2002), son Einar (born in April 2009) and son Ivar (born on December 8, 2014).
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Valdis, his wife and their daughter


Selected Filmography
1998 – Na boykom meste
2000 – Brother 2
2005 – The Turkish Gambit
2007 – Zolushka.ru
2007 – Lubov morkov
2008 – Snezhniy chelovek (Snowman)
2011 – What Men Still Talk About
2014 – Faster than Rabbits
Pelsh Valdis TV presenter

Pelsh Valdis – TV presenter


Valdis Pelsh and Tatiana Arno
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Valdis and Tatiana Arno

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Valdis and his wife Svetlana


His official site