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.
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.
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