Any hopes of seeing Turkey at Eurovision 2014 in Copenhagen should be dashed now, according to the Turkish broadcaster TRT.
TRT’s director general, Ibrahim Sahin, announced on Saturday that Turkey will not return to the Eurovision Song Contest because of the current voting rules, which he says are “unfair”. And the decision is unlikely to be reversed unless there are changes to the current voting system from the EBU, which consists of 50% televoting and 50% jury voting.
Another reason behind Turkey’s unlikely return next year is that Sahin is also unsatisfied with the Big 5 rule. France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom are the biggest contributors to the EBU, which means all 5 countries gain direct qualification to the final. As we’ve discussed before, that gives the impression that money matters more than effort at ESC.
Turkey made their Eurovision debut back in 1975 and their last appearance was in 2012 with Can Bonomo’s “Love Me Back”. They have won the Eurovision Song Contest once with Sertab Erener’s “Everyway That I Can” in 2003 and hosted the 2004 contest in Istanbul.
For those who are fluent in Turkish, you can read the full statement here.
Do you agree with TRT’s decision? Is the voting system fair enough? Should the EBU scrap the Big 5 rule?
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