Turkey stormed out of Eurovision following the 2012 contest, and their ongoing spat with the EBU has, in so many ways, given life to Türkvizyon — the pan-Turkic singing contest that features the likes of Azerbaijan, Iraq and Syria (and lesser known autonomous regions including Gagauzia and Sandžak). The third edition of the contest has come to an end and Kyrgyzstan’s Jeedesh Idirisova has emerged as the winner.
Her fierce performance of “Kim Bilet” (“Who Knows”) left us with one big question on our minds: Is she the Kyrgz cousin of Eurovision 2004 winner Ruslana? This number wowed with its tribal fire. Jeedesh worked leather boots, fur accents and most of all a sultry voice to deliver dance-pop at its finest.
Kyrgyzstan: Jeedesh Idirisova with “Kim Bilet”
She wasn’t the only winner. Iraq walked away with the Peace Award, while Syria grabbed Most Sympathic. Germany received a special jury award, suggesting it has the most potential as a radio hit.
Türkvizyon 2015: Full Results
- Kyrgyzstan: Jiidesh Idirisova with “Kim Bilet” (194 points)
- Kazakhstan: Orda with “Olay Emes” (185)
- Turkey: Görkem Durmaz with “Hirçin Sular” (175)
- Republic of Macedonia: Kaan Mazhar with “Böyle Olmamaliydi”(165)
- Syria: Adil San with “Gelis” (165)
- Bulgaria: Big Star Life with “Istanbuldayiz” (162)
- Azerbaijan: Mehman Tagiyev with “Istanbul” (155)
- Albania: Xhoi Bejko & Visar Rexhepi with “Adi Hasret” (154)
- Northern Cyprus: Ipek Amber with “Sessiz Gidis” (154)
- Gagauzia: Valentin Ormanji with “Sev Beni Sev” (154)
- Germany: Derya Kaptan with “Sessiz Çiglik” (153)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Adis Škaljo with “Pa Šta” (153)
- Ukraine: Anna Mitioglo with “Baasla bana” (148)
- Kosovo: Tolga Kazaz with “Sevmek Günah Midir?” (141)
- Sandžak: Almedin Varošanin with “Iz” (140)
- Georgia: Anar Askerov with “Tenha yürek” (138)
- Iraq: Oguz Sirmali with “Serenat” (137)
- Iran: Reza Esbilani with “Menim Arzum” (134)
- Romania: Edvin Eddy with “Seviyorum, Anlasana” (131)
- Belarus: Aleksandra Kazimova with “Azadliq” (126)
- Uzbekistan: Uzbek KaaPlya (Ajnabiy) and Hurdona with “Azadlik” (119)
What do you think of the winner? Does it have shades of Ruslana to you? How does it compare to some recent Eurovision winners? Let us know in the comments box below.