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TRT General Manager: Turkey will not return in 2015

This morning, Müdürü İbrahim Şahin, the General Manager of the Turkish broadcaster TRT, confirmed what many were expecting: Turkey won’t be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna. The country will therefore sit out of the contest for the third consecutive year. TRT decided to withdraw two years ago due to dissatisfaction with the current split voting system …

Turkey, Bulgaria: Unconfirmed, but encouraging

Two of South-eastern Europe’s absentees from the previous contest are both showing encouraging signs that they will return in 2015, despite neither broadcaster officially confirming their participation. The Bulgarian broadcaster is no major surprise as the case was always participation in the event of a lenient budget, but BNT has recently begun updating it’s own Eurovision page, eurovision.bnt.bg, suggesting that …

Türkvizyon 2014 Dates Announced

The second annual Türkvizyon Song Contest will be held in Kazan, Tatarstan this year. Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, and is Russia’s eighth most populated city. Türkvizyon will have that same format as last year with a final and one semifinal.  The semifinal will take place on November 19th, where the top 12 countries will …

Editorial: Turkey’s withdrawal seems insincere

The content of this editorial does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board or its readers. You can follow the author on twitter https://twitter.com/MattDouzePoints Since the new millennium began, Turkey has been one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest. Sertab Erener managed to win the contest in 2003 and manga …

Turkvision – Turkey launches new contest

As previously reported HERE, Turkey will most likely not return to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest citing dissatisfaction with the jury system as well as the existence of the Big 5. The Turkish broadcaster officially launched “Turkvision”  (Türkvızyon) on September 21st, 2013, it is branded as a music contest for Eurasian countries. The signing ceremony was attended by Ell & Nikki …

No return for Turkey in 2014???

Turkey’s broadcaster TRT indicated that the country may not return to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The country has been quite successful in the last decade which included a victory in 2003 as well as six additional Top 10 placings. However Turkey unexpectedly withdrew from the contest citing dissatisfaction with the introduction of a mixed jury/televote …

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