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EBU responds to the Turkish Head of TRT on controversial Eurovision comments

We previously reported statements made by the the of TRT, the Turkish National broadcaster. İbrahim Eren made controversial statements about the Eurovision Song Contest and its current leadership. He also provided several reasons on why Turkey hasn’t returned to the contest. Mr. Eren particularly criticized Conchita Wurst who represented Austria in 2014 and won the contest with “Rise like a Phoenix“.  …

Turkey to demolish Eurovision 2004 arena

The Turkish basketball federation delivered some news over the weekend that will bring a touch of sadness the Eurovision fans; the Abdi İpekçi Sports Hall that hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 is set to make way for a new, more modern development after 29 years of service to the people of Istanbul. The arena, one of the largest …

Will 2017 finally be our record-breaking year?

Year after year and build-up after build-up for each Eurovision sees fans discussing whether a record number of participating countries will be present at the competition and every year we seem to fall short. But the signs this year seem promising with only a handful of the usual nations declining the EBU’s kind invitation to take part. With Turkey and …

Turkey will not return to Eurovision in 2016

After some back and forth over the past few months, the Turkish broadcaster has announced that Turkey will not return to the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm. A screenshot has been floating around on several websites dedicated to the Song Contest with the following translation: Turkey decided to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013. TRT, the national …

Dream Team 2016 – Turkey

The first country to reveal their dream team participant, as decided by our readers, is Turkey! The Eurasian country has been absent from the contest since 2013 but TRT are expected to bring Turkey back in 2016 – so who do our readers want to see flying the Turkish flag? There were a lot of names suggested for Turkey, but …

OGAE: Penultimate votes revealed

The penultimate set of votes to be revealed by the OGAE International network have been posted. This batch includes Turkey, Netherlands and Azerbaijan as well as the votes from the EC fanclub in Germany. EC Germany 12 Slovenia 10 Sweden 8 Australia 7 Norway 6 Belgium 5 Estonia 4 Italy 3 Israel 2 France 1 Azerbaijan Turkey 12 Italy 10 …

Turkey back in 2016

Turkish national broadcaster TRT appears to have confirmed the Eurasian country will return to Eurovision next year after three years of non-participation. The previous management of the broadcaster who had publically criticised the competition’s rules are no longer controllers of TRT. The new head of the broadcaster, Senol Gökan, has now announced that Turkey intends to return to the competition …

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 …

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 …

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