Sad but true – Turkey will NOT be back at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden next year. For months all Eurovision fans were loving the positive vibes coming from the sunny southern country but sadly the TRT doesn’t love us back.

Back in 2013, Turkey withdrew from the contest because the running order was made by producers instead of random draw and also because of the position of the big five who qualify every year. After Conchita’s win in 2014, there were rumours the country might say goodbye to Eurovision forever, but earlier this year even the broadcaster was hinting that a return was possible.

Turkey TNT withdraw

Sadly our Turkish wiwiblogger Gökhan found the message above on the news system of the Turkish broadcaster. It reports that Senol Göka, the head of TRT, says Turkey won’t return because of the same reasons as last year: the EBU doesn’t want to change the voting system by ditching the jury and going back to total televote system.

Despite Turkey’s complaints about the voting, they did well under the 50/50 jury-televoting system. They only failed to qualify once, and otherwise placed in the top 10, including their well deserved second place in 2010 by maNga with “We Could Be the Same”. And going back further, in the era of the Big 5, they also did well, including their win in 2003.

Are you sad that Turkey won’t be returning? Are their complaints valid? Share your thoughts below!

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ABDULLAH OCALAN
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ABDULLAH OCALAN

LAN BILAL BEN SENIN TAHA, bu hapisten cikiyim seni zaten ben oldurucem, tayip erdogana ayrica tessekur ederim bana bu telefonu verdi diye

BILAL AKYUZ
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BILAL AKYUZ

merhaba arkadaslar ben bilal akyuz,bu yorumu yazdim diye kurtler gelip beni vurdu suan hastanedeyim,kurtler cok ozur dierim bidaha oyle seyer yazmiycam

evan
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evan

another Turkey-hating “contest” apparently in the works on the thread. No wonder why the “leaders” in this hate contest are from “Cyprus”. By the way, last I checked Cyprus is LESS in Europe than Turkey is. Geography 101 my friend…

ABDULLAH OCALAN
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ABDULLAH OCALAN

aysu KIZIM, gel bana ben bekarim.

EMINE ERDOGAN
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EMINE ERDOGAN

LAN AYSU KOCAMLA DOGRU DUZGUN KONUS SENIN BEN AZINA SICARIM SEN KIM OLUYORSUN EVLI BARKLI ADAMLA OYLE KONUSSUYORSUN NUMARANI VERIYORSUN BEN SENI OLUDDURUM

AYSU CICEK
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AYSU CICEK

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RECEP TAYIP ERDOGAN
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RECEP TAYIP ERDOGAN

laan ben senin taha amk,hemen imrali hapisanesine gelip senin o agzina sicacam pis,kimden telefonu aldin seni kurtu

ABDULLAH OCALAN
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ABDULLAH OCALAN

Hapisten yorum yapiyorum, hapisten cikinca tayip erdoganin azgina sicicam

selo demirtas
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selo demirtas

bilal sana noluyo amk senin ben asil azina sicarim kurtlere kurban ol amk

mahmut akdag
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mahmut akdag

BERDIL BEN SENIN AMK PIC KURUSU SENIN AGZINA SICARIM.

Berdil Kurdi
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Berdil Kurdi

HER BIJI PKK
HER BIJI APO
BIJI SEROK APO
GERILLA
AZADI
KURDISTAN
ROJAVA
NEWROZ

Berdil Kurdi
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Berdil Kurdi

bilal ben senin sulalen olmayan sulaleni sikim sen turk fasisti.Siz turkler ne biliyorsunuzki?adamalik desem suracikta gulerim.Siz once ADAMLIGI ogrenin ama dogru ya TURKLERDEN ADAM OLMAZ.Milyonlarca Kurt cocugu oldu?Berkin elvanin sucu neydi?Dilek Doganin Sucu neydi?Bakarmisiniz abi ya dilek dogan annesinin ve babasinin onunde TURK polisinden olduruldu! ADALET NERDE? ya rojava?Kurdistan? Tayip erodganin pic fasist adamlarin ve onun yuzunden milyonlarca ksii cocuk ve kadin oldu! GERILLA? dagda o turk askerler bizim adamlaimiza napti biliyormusunuz?Tabikide bilmiyorsunuz cunku siz gotveren turkler TAYIP KIMSEYI OLDURMEZ diye biliyorsunuz.Sizi parmaginda oynatiyor adam be..O TURK BAYRAGI NASIL KALKIP VE KURDISTAN BAYRAGI KONUCAK SIZ KENDI GOZLERINIZLE GORECEKSINIZ.turk fasisteleri.

BILAL
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‘Ben pkkin ANANI BACINI , GELMi?iNi GEÇMi?iNi , SÜLALENi , SOYUNU SOPUNU , KÖKÜNÜ KÖMECiNi , ÖLÜNÜ DiRiNi , E?iKTEKiNi BE?iKTEKiNi S*KiM

BILAL
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‘Ben pkkin ANANI BACINI , GELMi?iNi GEÇMi?iNi , SÜLALENi , SOYUNU SOPUNU , KÖKÜNÜ KÖMECiNi , ÖLÜNÜ DiRiNi , E?iKTEKiNi BE?iKTEKiNi S*KiM

BILAL
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seni kuranlar?n, kurduranlar?n, destekleyenlerin, zerre kadar dahi olsa sempati duyanlar?n, sana mali destek verenlerin, sana ta?eronluk yapanlar?n, seni kullananlar?n, seni yönlendirenlerin, seni yönetenlerin, seni ya?atanlar?n, seninle i?birli?i yapanlar?n, seninle i? tutanlar?n, sana silah temin edenlerin, sana rol biçenlerin, seninle türkiye’ye ayar vermeye kalkanlar?n, bu ülkenin evlatlar?n? ve kaynaklar?n? seninle heba edenlerin, sana kat?lanlar?n, seni övenlerin, senin propogandan? yapanlar?n, senin eylemlerinden siyasi ç?kar sa?lamaya kalkanlar?n, seni kürtler için mücadele ediyor sananlar?n gelmi?ini, geçmi?ini, yedi ceddini, yurdunu, yuvas?n? kahhar ve cabbar olan yüce mevla’ya havale ediyoruz, cehennemin dibine kadar yolunuz var.

BILAL
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BENIM KARSIYSAN BENI DM YAPIN AMK KURTLERI ; @kelkit29kelkit

Ben sizin omayan beynizizi sikim amk kurt terroistleri,O pkkin de taha amina koyum aziiniza sicarim olm kimse buraya gelip bana kurtleri savunmasin onlar bu pic kurtler hangi delikten ciktiysao amk delige geri donsun hangi serefsizse butun pkk picleride olsun ve tayip yasasin.

BILAL
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BILAL

BOYLE BIRSEY OLAMAZ ARKADAS HERKEZ YERINI VE HATDINI BILICEK PROTESTO YAPIN ABI YA,O KURTLERIN BEN TAHA AMINA KOYUM KURTLER HERSEYI YAPTI AMK ONLAR SIMDI OLMASAYDI SUAN BOYLE BIRSEY OLMAYACAKTI TERRORISTLER!

ibrahim
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ibrahim

gili, turkey isn’t becoming a radical islam country.

it’s just a song contest. please don’t make everything a big deal. tayyip is the last islamist leader turkey will ever be seeing, don’t worry.

Margaret
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Margaret

@Gili that sucks :-/

Gili
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Gili

Turkey is becoming a radical islam country, things have changed there in the last decade due to erdogan…waling in thw streets of istanbul today its something else, much more islamistic, women cover their faces, etc…no wonder they dont want to participate in eurovision which repreresent a totally oposite culture, sad but true..):

ibrahim
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ibrahim

I am turkish. I read most the comments here.

I think jury is taking sides. and as most of you agree, it’s a song contest.. so let the people vote 100%. if you do this, I will make sure turkey will join esc. lol.

kapios
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no i m not sad at all.. they r doing fine that they r not in that contest. and anw i m from cyprus lol so it doesnt matter for us at all( for voting reasons…mainly)
its a european contest. they have no place there. go home turkey

This is my opinion (TIMO)
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This is my opinion (TIMO)

jj

yes you are right about Turkey attack on kurds, because that erdogan is so schizophrenic paranoia about kurds may have their independency which will kick him out from his seat or even to be executed, now that the two faced or clown I should say, is prtetending to attack isis but he is actually using isis as an opportunity to attack kurdish fighters using his slave army. I hope gets executed

Marcus (day one)
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Marcus (day one)

Sweden winning this year with the juries probably threw them over the edge.

Racal
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Racal

This is quite hypocrite from them: the current voting system is less favorable to them, because it doesn’t allow them to make full use of the diaspora voting (the only reason they scored well under the 100% televote system), so they won’t return. As far as I’m concerned, they can stay out.

Someone should probably tell them that it’s a SONG contest, and maybe they should on trying to get good songs instead of nitpick on the voting system.

Alex
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Alex

Turkey did well in jury voting in 2010 and 2009, so they shouldn’t complain.

I am quite certain the main reason is the gay attitude of the contest (kisses between same-sex persons, sexy appearances, Conchita etc). Erdogan has decided to change the status of TRT…

NickC
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NickC

With all the hate you are giving even here on this site, can you blame them for wanting televoting back? Maybe juries are a bit islamophobic and racially biased, just like you?

You guys remind me of the “Avenue Q” song “Everybody is a bit racist”.

Ariso Light
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Ariso Light

I recon that the top 6 countries from the year before should automatically qualify the next year because those countries along with the winner were the 6 countries most people voted for but then the EBU could use the judges to change the places. I think the judges should be removed because Eurovision is a show for the people who watch it and they should get 100% of the vote. The judges are people like us so they shouldn’t get so much of the vote they should just vote like the people who watch it and be part of the… Read more »

jj
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jj

“Turkey when they have problems like Putin and ISIS on their backdoor?” Turkey has been a big helper of ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria. Turkey is bombing the Kurds who’ve been fighting ISIS. Turkey has been the door for many terrorists into Syria. Turkey is the country where mercenaries around the world fly to and then cross its border into Syria. Turkish officers have been caught in Syria helping terrorists and weapons are delivered from Turkey to the militants/terrorists. Now the same Turkey is part of this economic migrants scam flooding Europe: 25,000 Turkish smugglers and the government… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

Come on, you seriously think Eurovision is a priority for the ‘Islamic’ government of Turkey when they have problems like Putin and ISIS on their backdoor? You all keep forgetting it’s a singing competition….

Adam
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Adam

I actually kinda agree with Alex. The voting has become extremely predictable but not how it was during the 2000s. For me, it’s become so predictable that almost every country will give points to Sweden just for existing…don’t get me wrong Sweden sends some good songs sometimes but did they always deserve top 3? Four in 5 years even though only 2 songs deserved it. I dont know, ever since 2013 I feel like Sweden has taken an unfair advantage over the contest by changing the rules (the running order should ALWAYS be random to create a truly fair contest),… Read more »

Charles
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Charles

How quickly Turkey has forgotten those long ago years when they tried to have some good results during the pre-Dana International years when actually their music could be called music and not just a pathetic attempt of sounding like every Shakira song or any Muse tune .. either ethnic pop in its most cheesy or in their most alternative rock which is not my cup of tea. Yet the televoting nightmare years came and it became so easy for them to send any kind of garbage on stage and be in the top 5 … how beautiful it must have… Read more »

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

I will survive. Turkey’s songs are usually mediocre.

Herr Freitag
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Herr Freitag

It was not a surprise but I won’t miss TRT but Turkey…Many people in Turkey like Eurovision but TRT is not very interested in Eurovision because they want to be every year in the Top 5 or winning – this is a competition where you get a good place when you do something good and not with a manipulated jury! Since 2013 the nighbour voting went away so save points also went away 😀

Jak
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Jak

All about politics. Just after the Islamic majority party won the elections last Sunday? And the Ankara-explosions held by that government?

Turkey will be a very, very dark place in the following years.

I’m quite sad for all the European-a-like-Turks, especially our gay brothers and sisters… In late June police attacked them with teargas during they were having the Pride.

Before you hate Turkey, please be considering all these stuff too. It’s not easy being secular, a person having European mentalities in the Middle East!

I’m with all these people living in Turkey and hoping for their happiness, now seems impossible!

Esc
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Esc

Good luck to Azerbaijan securing a win or possibly getting into the final with cheap Swedish versions and singers who suck at English lol

Firehunter
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Firehunter

Turkey has always been injured by the jury. These are simply the facts. I have already written, what should be changed to better functioning of this contest. That’s all from me.

Bronson
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Bronson

Not a surprise, and I stopped caring months ago. Turkey has gone back on forth on their word and decisions in response to ESC 2016, to the point where I just didn’t care anymore. I won’t miss Turkey anyway, they always benefit from diaspora which in most cases, gives them a better finish on the scoreboard then they should have.

PP
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PP

Eurovision will survive without Turkey.

Julian
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Julian

1. They should go back to random draw.
2. Not participating in semifinals is not in the advantage of the big 5 and host. My proposal is that all compete, and 12 qualify from each semi with big 5 +.host participating random 3 in each of the 2 semis. Big 5 + host have 2 automatic qualifying places from each semifinal and they can even qualify all 3 if they are inside the top 12.
3. Is not ok for the jury and public to judge different performances. They should all judge in the same time.

Pat Clarke
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Pat Clarke

Agree with the running order complaint.
But not the others.
And if they are their genuine reasons to stay away, so be it.
Petulant attitude.

Esc@me
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Finally some good news about Eurovision! Woo Hoo!

@EugeneESCUK
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Are these just issues covering up other problems? Nobody likes a winger. My views on their so called 3 issues :- 1) I agree with the running order situation. It’s just an excuse for Producers to fix the order, thanks Sweden, it’s a complete farce. If you want 100% fair, honest and transparent you have just one draw, with 26 names, drawn at the same time. Every country treated the same. Ask yourself why the EBU does not do this? It’s that simple. 2) Well the Big 5 are not going to pay considerably more than the others if the… Read more »

Maya G
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Maya G

I’m Sad Turkey are out, but happy that at least one country has the balls to stand up against the 50/50 system and the production determining the running order.

Azaad
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Azaad

To be fair this is political. Turkey’s current government makes Russia seem like a bastion of human rights. They know this, and until someone manages to get rid of Erdogan, we can’t expect Turkish participation in the ESC.

Alex
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Alex

I honestly don’t blame Turkey. Even though they do well and most times enter pretty decent songs, the voting has become extremely predictable. There’s no real point trying again because every year the televoting is neighbourvision. The running order is also unfair. This isn’t an issue only Turks have; I’ve spoken to Europeans from a lot of countries, even down to the Nordics and they all complain the voting is too political even though they themselves do well. I disagree with the Top 5 remark; those countries contribute most of the money to the contest so i think it’s pretty… Read more »

fikri
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fikri

oh wait, that reply is for jeri. ;p

fikri
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fikri

turkey is my favourite country so this news really devastate me. oh well, at least we still have second-rate turkey aka azerbaijan.

@erin: my guess would be some countries have better things to spend their money on than a silly contest..

jeri
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jeri

when the scandinavians host it it always goes down in participants. russia 2009 42- norways 39 – germany 43 (highest ever) – azerbijan 42 ( because of armenia obvs) – sweden 39 – denmark 37- austria 40

wonder why….

Huh
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Huh

Ehhh. I do not mind this so much. At least Azerbaijan won’t need another saving from them again.