The same again? maNga fuels speculation of Turkey’s return to Eurovision

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Seven years ago they represented Turkey at Eurovision and narrowly missed out on giving Turkey its second victory. Now rock band maNga have teased fans with an intriguing tweet that hints at a Eurovision return.

Late last night, maNga casually tweeted “Eurovision?” and “Yine yeni yeniden”. The Turkish phrase translates as “again and again”, but was also the name of a recent song from the band. The tweet finished with a winking emoji and the metal horns symbol.

maNga’s tweet adds to the speculation that Turkey is planning a Eurovision comeback for 2018, following other comments from Turkey’s Eurovision stars.

In May, Belgian-Turkish songstress Hadise made a post to Instagram urging Turkey to return to Eurovision.

Then last month, Turkey’s only Eurovision winner Sertab Erenar cranked the rumour mill into overdrive when she claimed on an Instagram Live session that Turkey would start participating again at Eurovision 2018.

maNga stormed the stage at Eurovision 2010 with their rock song “We Could Be the Same”. The group combined the then current rock-rap sound with Turkish stylings and a supremely catchy chorus.

The rockers put on a good show and were one of the big favourites of the night. But in the end it was Germany’s Lena with her equally catchy song “Satellite” that took home the giant glass microphone.

In the seven years since Eurovision, maNga’s sound has evolved, with apparent influences from the British rock band Muse and the Armenian-American band System of a Down. But they still have their unique Turkish rock sound and are still producing catchy and dramatic rock numbers — just right for Eurovision.

If maNga were to return to Eurovision, they wouldn’t be the only second-placed act to make a comeback. Dima Bilan gave Russia its first victory in 2008 after originally placing second in 2006. However last year Maltese star Ira Losco only managed 12th place on her comeback, following her second placing in 2002.

But just to make things extra exciting, a new rumour has emerged suggesting that it’s San Marino that wants maNga for Eurovision 2018. In 2016 Turkish crooner Serhat represented the microstate with his disco track “I Didn’t Know”.

Turkey at Eurovision

Turkey made its Eurovision debut in 1975, and emerged in the 2000s as one of the power nations of Eurovision. They regularly placed in the top 10 and entered songs that have gone on to be enduring fan favourites.

The Eurasian nation struck it lucky in 2003 when Sertab Erener’s song “Everyway That I Can” won the contest in Riga. The song, which perfectly picked up on the Ethnopop trend of the early 2000s, gave Turkey its first Eurovision victory.

Turkey’s last Eurovision entry was in 2012, when Can Bonomo wooed audiences with “Love Me Back”, which placed seventh — another impressive top-ten finish.

Later in 2012, broadcaster TRT announced their withdrawal from the contest. They claimed they were unhappy with the competition rules, specifically the jury/televote system. In later years, media speculated that some of the LGBT-related content also meant that the show could not be broadcast in Turkey.

But many fans are still eager for Turkey to return to Eurovision and will be watching closely to see if 2018 will be the year.

Update: 12:31 CET

While Turkish media has been breathlessly declaring the return of Turkey and maNga to Eurovision, the band themselves clarified the situation. In a message to their fans, they explained the meaning of their earlier tweet.

The band wrote:

Hello,

Yesterday, we about heard the possibility of our country returning to Eurovision, and we wanted to share our feelings. Our message was interpreted as meaning that maNga will participate, and this made huge excitement…

We are proud and honoured to hear that.

So it seems that maNga’s earlier tweet was just an idle comment on Turkey’s potential Eurovision return. And while they are honoured that fans were excited at their possible return, it seems nothing has been confirmed (or even pencilled in).

What do you think? Should Turkey return to Eurovision in 2018? And would maNga be the ideal act to make the big comeback? Share your thoughts below!

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