Eurovision fans upset that Turkey has pulled out of Eurovision need to get a satellite dish. That’s because Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT has officially launched Turkeyvision—a Eurasian singing contest that will bring together contestants from 20 countries and autonomous regions that are home to substantial Turkic minorities. That mouthful means that countries like Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Turkey will compete against powerhouses like the Republic of Tataristan in Russia and the Republic of Crimea, which is part of Ukraine.
Education Minister Nabi Avci officially launched the program on September 21 at a ceremony attended by Ell & Nikki. Nikki, you’ll remember, waved the Turkish flag on stage in 2011 after learning she had won Eurovision 2011. Turkic connections run deep, y’all.
According to the Dogan News Agency, the minister “stressed that the contest was not, as many suggested, an alternative to the European version organized since 1956.” Apparently they are just trying to create a cultural event that celebrates Turkic culture within the Turkic world. Fair enough! Germany’s Stefan Raab previously ripped off the Eurovision Song Contest format for the Bundesvision Song Contest which pits German states against other German states.
“Turkvision does not need to be compared to Eurovision,” Avci said. “It will have its place in the Turkic world with its own brand value. Whether we participate or not in Eurovision, I hope that Turkvision will move forward in its own path, growing and expanding year-by-year.”
The twenty participants will complete in semi-finals between December 19 and 21. Twelve of them will advance to a final on December 23.
The team at wiwibloggs.com wanted to get a flavor for what we might see this December, so we googled “pop star” and “Tartaristan”. Here’s what we got. Get ready people: It’s Superalisa!