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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 Soviet and Russian TV presenter, musical artist. You know, he was awarded TEFI and Golden Gramophone awards. Handsome man was a presenter of several popular game shows, including Ugadai Melodiu (Guess the Tune), Russian Roulette and Rozygrysh (Prank). By the way, Pelsh is a former vocalist of the band Neschastny Sluchai, which was founded by him and Alexei Kortnev in 1983. Valdis left the band in 1997.
The boy was born on June 5, 1967 in Riga into the family of an engineer and an economist. After the divorce his mother got married for the second time and gave birth to son Alexander and daughter Sabina. Alexander works as a cameraman and collaborates with Valdis. And Sabina moved to the US and became a U.S. citizen.
Pelsh graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Faculty of Philosophy. Later, in 1987, he appeared on television as a KVN player.
Alexei Kortnev and Valdis met each other in the student theater of the Moscow State University. The young people created a musical group Neschastny Sluchai. Actually, Pelsh not only sang and played, but also wrote lyrics. The active participation of the Baltic musician in the life of the band continued until 1997. Then Valdis took a creative vacation and participated only in the most important concerts.

In 2003, Pelsh returned to work in the band for the recording of the anniversary album, which was released in the same year under the title The Last Days in Paradise. Three years later the group released the new album Simple Numbers. In 2008, Neschastny Sluchai gave several concerts dedicated to its 25th anniversary. For the last time the musician performed with the group in 2010, when the musicians presented the album The Tunnel in the End of the World.
Also Valdis played in many films, including The Turkish Gambit, Love-Carrot, Brother-2 and others.
In 1995 Vladislav Listyev invited Pelsh to become a presenter of the musical game show Ugadai Melodiu, a Russian version of Name That Tune, on Channel One. The show quickly gained popularity, therefore Valdis was mentioned in The Guinness Book of Records as the most popular Russian television personality.
What is more, Valdis is fond of diving (Dive Master Advanced Trimix Diver TDI and IANTD). Also he is interested in parachuting and is a participant of Russian, European and World records, four-time champion of Russia, candidate for master of sports in skydiving.
Moreover, his daughter Eyzhena is in the Guinness World Records book as the youngest diver (14.5 years), who dived near the coast of Antarctica.
In October 2015, the First Channel launched a new project Together with Dolphins, where show business stars tame and train dolphins. The hosts of the new show were Valdis Pelsh and Maria Kiseleva.

Personal life
From 1988 to 2005 Valdis was married to lawyer 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 Pelsh, Russian TV presenter from Riga