Last year we published a series of articles looking at all 43 countries that participated in the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was a review of all the reasons we loved each of them — and a celebration of their continued participation in the contest.

The feedback was lovely — every country lights someone’s fire — so we’ve decided to take a look at countries that used to participate at Eurovision and to shout out why we still love them and want them to return. Near, far, wherever you are: the love is real.

And guess which country will launch the series? Turkey, of course! They developed into one of the most beloved competitors in the contest….only to break our hearts in 2013 with the announcement they’d withdraw.

Before we start, let’s take a look at some interesting facts. Turkey was the second biggest country to participate in Eurovision and — alongside Russia — the only country straddling both Europe and Asia.

It debuted in 1975 with the amazing ballad “Seninle Bir Dakika”, which finished last with 3 points. During its 38 years of Eurovision history, it only missed four editions of the contest. Three of these (1976, 1977, 1979) were during the 1970’s — and immediately after it had joined the contest. The other came in 1994 and was the result of the now defunct relegation rule.

Eurovision 1975 Turkey | Semiha Yanki – Seninle Bir dakika

Turkey is without a doubt one of the most interesting countries to have ever participated in the contest. It took them 38 years before they achieved their first (and only) victory. The diversity of their songs — with their style, uniqueness and regional flair — have no precedent.

So let’s take a look at 10 reasons why we (still) love Turkey and want them back!

1. They were SO persistent

Turkey endured a very long history at the very bottom of the scoreboard, making it perhaps one of the most underrated countries in the history of the contest. Between 1975 and 2002, Turkey finished last three times – in 1975, 1983 and 1987. In fact, until 2003, they only managed to reach the top 5 once — in 1997 with “Dinle”.

Eventually Turkey’s patience paid off — partly because countries of the so-called New Europe began joining the contest. They were culturally closer to Turkey and through Istanbul lots of love. The facts are remarkable. In stark contrast to their first 28 years in the contest, Turkey achieved 5 top placings — including one victory — in only 10 years between 2003 and 2012. They only missed qualification from the semi-final once in their 9 attempts – that was in 2011. They may have been late bloomers, but boy did they bloom!

2. They know how to protest

The actual reasons for Turkey’s withdrawal from the contest remain somewhat unclear, though plenty of opinions are floating about. Turkey initially claimed that they were dissatisfied with the voting system. And many fans have pointed out that, owing to its size, Turkey should be part of an expanded Big 6.

Last August, Ibrahim Eren, the general manager of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, said that the main reason had been performers like Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst. In his mind provocative acts like Wurst sent a bad message to Turkish youth. <deep eye roll, please>. This suggests that Turkey’s withdrawal from the contest lies in their current political climate rather than the contest itself.

This may not be a “typical” reason to love a country, but Eurovision could bring secular and liberal voices to the mainstream again. Let us hope that this will happen in 2020.

3. They once had a song about petroleum

Malta sang about vodka and Greece about alcohol. But in 1980 Turkey went deep into one of nature’s fundamental resources when they sent “Petrol” to the song contest. The song was performed by Ajda Pekaan, one of the first of many divas to represent Turkey. The song, which is thought to reference a man rather than petroleum (according to some fans), only received 23 points, from which 12 points came from Morocco in its only-ever participation.

Eurovision 1980 Turkey: Ajda Pekkan – Petrol / Petr´oil

4. Their (over)enthusiastic conductor

In 1989 Turkey sent “Bana Bana” (translated as “For me, for me”), which was performed by a group of two women and two men called Pan. “Bana Bana” is one of the most authentic and stunning songs Turkey has ever sent to Eurovision. But there is another reason why this song is so remarkable. Its conductor, Timur Selçuk also wrote the song and is the father of one of the performing artists. His enthusiastic style of conducting left the audience shocked. As Terry Wogan said during his commentary for the UK that year: “Liveliest conductor of the evening”. The song and Timur’s conducting have become a cult favourite. 

Eurovision 1989 Turkey – Pan – “Bana bana”

5. They never compromised on their traditional sounds

Long before oriental music became trendy in Eurovision, Turkey was already bringing it to the stage. Turkey always insisted on being authentic: Ottoman and Balkan elements were present in almost every track they sent via the instruments, choreography and staging. It took Europe a long time to start appreciating Turkey’s style but when once they did it was love.

6. They’ve sent the best rock bands

Turkey is perhaps the only country that managed to do very well with any band they sent during the 00’s (bar 2011). This is not very common and groups at large have achieved mixed results.

In 2004, when Turkey hosted the contest in Istanbul, their act Athena sang “For Real” – a punk rock song. Overcoming the host country curse, they managed to finish fourth — an unusually high placing for the host nation. Four years later, Mor ve Ötesi, an alternative rock band, came 7th in Belgrade. And in 2010 it was MaNga with their unforgettable “We Could be the Same” which came second – Turkey’s best result after Sertab Erener’s victory in 2003.

Eurovision 2010 Turkey – maNga – “We Could Be The Same”

7. Their super power females

Speaking of Sertab, Turkey has a respected legacy of divas: Sebnem Paker, Turkey’s representative in both 1996 and 1997; Sibel Tuzun, who represented the country in Athens in 2006; and, of course, Hadise who performed in Moscow in 2009. They were all very strong women who set the stage on fire and put Turkey on the very top of the scoreboard.

8. They also slay when they party

When it comes to partying, Turkey knows how to deliver and to bring the audience to it feet. Whenever they crank up the beat, they typically throw in Turkish flavour: eastern voices, folk dance, traditional outfits or all of these elements combined. The most two recent examples are “Shake it Shekerim” performed by Kenan Dogulu and, of course, Hadise’s “Düm Tek Tek”. The latter has become synonymous with Turkish dancing.

Hadise – “Düm Tek Tek”

9. Can Bonomo – “Love Me Back”

The very last Turkish entry was performed in 2012 and it was definitely one to remember. We are speaking of “Love Me Back”. Everything about this song was perfect – its charismatic (and handsome!) singer, Can Bonomo, the silky stage and the choreography which translated the message in a clever and amusing way. Who can forget how the on-stage sailors — funny moustaches and all — turned their capes into the sail of a boat? This song brought goether so many Turkish elements that we miss so much.

Can Bonomo – “Love Me Back” (Eurovision 2012)

10. The unique Turkish language

This list would not be complete without mentioning Turkish, which is one of the most unique and stunning languages heard at Eurovision. Since the lifting of the language rule, Turkey has usually sent songs performed in English. But even then Turkish words crept in to help their songs stand out. The most recent example of a song performed entirely in Turkish is “Deli” (which translates as “insane”) — and it remains loved by fans.

Bonus Fact

Some Turkish fans didn’t like their entry “Super Star” by Sibel Tüzün. To express their dislike, they’ve taken to YouTube to unleash a tirade of negative comments like, “this is the best Greek song”. Apparently this is an expression that Turks use when they want to blame others for their mistakes….

Eurovision 2006 Turkey — Sibel Tüzün — “Superstar”

Are you missing Turkey at Eurovision as much as we are? What are the other reasons that you miss Turkey at ESC? Let us know down below!

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Saney
Saney
1 year ago

My favorite is 2010 though, should have won

Saney
Saney
1 year ago

Just ridiculous that some think Turkey should be part of a big 6 due to its size. Russia is so much bigger and they also have to do semi finals

Rob
Rob
1 year ago

God, I loved Turkey’s entries, especially Ajda Pekkan, Hadise (<3 her music, try to keep up with her latest songs and albums!) and yes, even Sibel Tüzün! I mean, after ESC she released this diamond. Still one of my fave songs. 😀

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x9cxHHg9Kgs

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago

I’m in Turkey right now. I hope to listen again to some good turkish songs next year

KESC
KESC
1 year ago
Reply to  La Signora

Where are you? In Istanbul? 🙂

Luta É Alegria
Luta É Alegria
1 year ago

Lmao people, Turkey is not more homophobic than Russia, Armenia or Azerbaijan or whatever, not saying that’s ok but that’s not my point. Conchita, along with the “juries don’t vote for us”, is an excuse. Turkey doesn’t participate because the government is busy stealing everything they can from the state, the people. I’m like 95% sure the eurovision budget is now some high ranking officer’s transportation budget or whatever. They know their conservative voters will eat it up either of these excuses (“we will protect our culture against the west’s corruption”, “others don’t like Turkey, we’re on our own”) so… Read more »

Luta É Alegria
Luta É Alegria
1 year ago

That’s not an answer to what I said? Lol. They won’t let us come back because they want to use that money for their own good.

MyName
MyName
1 year ago

You are most probably right. Unfortunately…. He is not “European minded” enough I suppose

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

for me it’s the worst country in esc. up to 2003 they only sent mostly bad folk (1997 being an exception), then it was either boring rock bands or straight up trash (2005, 2006, 2007 were horrid). only manga, sertab and hadise were good tbh we don’t miss them

MyName
MyName
1 year ago

Rock and boring are not possible in the same sentence

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  MyName

Armenia 2013 begs to differ.

Ramalamadingdong
Ramalamadingdong
1 year ago
Reply to  MyName

Yeah rock is great

KESC
KESC
1 year ago

LMAO, do you even know what Turkish folk music is? How the hell could you classify Petrol as Folk music?!

Boring rock bands? We’ve only sent rock bands in 2008 and 2010. Yes, 2011 was not the strongest entry, TRT probably wanted to repeat maNga’s success, but the thing is that after maNga’s second place in 2010, TRT already had in mind to withdraw.

And apparently, it was not boring rock, since people from different countries still come back to watch maNga and Mor ve Ötesi’s performances.

pp77
pp77
1 year ago

Before 2003, they send good song. Deby entry deserved better placment in 1975. Etno song from 1980 deserved more points. In 1982 they send disco song . 1985,1986 they send modern pop song. 1988 modern song with etno elements (same group as 1985). 1989 good etno song. 1991 pop song. 1985 one of better ballad that year.1997, 1999 etnick good sing. 2001 good ballad. 2003 for me best turkey and eurovision song. 2004 good rock song. 2006,2007,2009,2010,2012 are also good song.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  pp77

from your grammar it seems like you’re turkish… self praise is no praise sis

Maya G
Maya G
1 year ago

Turkey does have strong diaspora support, which often pushed them up the scoreboard, but they still managed to win the televote only once, and even that was by a tiny margin. When it comes to juries votes it seems like Turkey is like the anti-Sweden, as juries consistently ranked them lower than the televote. I don’t know if that was a consideration in Turkey’s quitting, but the jury slant towards the west made it almost impossible for Turkey to win again. The Turks are in it to win it, and maybe they realized it’s a lost cause. If so, I… Read more »

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  Maya G

As you said, they won the televote by a tiny margin, getting 12 points from all countries with big Turkish communities (France, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, etc.). Without these, they would not even have been in the top 5 so they only won thanks to their diaspora. Belgium is the real 2003 winner, the Turkish song was awful.

pp77
pp77
1 year ago
Reply to  Bella

Belgium was so overrated that year like they did in 1978.Both song didn t deserve second place, for me both deserved out of TOP 10-15,especially 1978

Alperao
Alperao
3 months ago
Reply to  Bella

I recommend to check the #eurovisionagain jury results .
Sertab got 22800 points, second song got 11700 points.
Sertab’ s victory even changed the competitions consept and become iconic.

Darren
Darren
1 year ago

I miss them from the contest and would love to see them back again sometime in the near future (won’t happen while Erdogan is in power)
But let’s face it, they where a bit overrated. A lot of their songs sounded the same. Same music style, same beat, while everybody gave out about Greece sending ethnopop divas, nobody said anything about turkey who where doing the same.
I did like when they mixed it up a little though, with 2008, and 2010 being standout years for them.

James
James
1 year ago

But the first time San Marino sent Serhat, it didn’t qualify but its placement was borderline. Diasporas can eat there work for or against you.

Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  James

r/boneappletea

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

LOL, just realized that bad typo. Blame the autocorrect.

Anyway….I meant to say “Diasporas can either work for or against you”.

Karen
Karen
1 year ago

10 reasons why we don’t miss Turkey at Eurovision 1. Their excessive diaspora voting 2. Giving 12 points to Azerbaijan no matter what 3. Receiving 12 points from Azerbaijan no matter what 4. Finding the voting unfair just because the don‘t qualify 5. Being hostile against Conchita 6. Sending crap like „Süperstar“ 7. Thinking they deserve to be automatically prequalifies but not paying as much as the „Big 4“ 8. Announcing to participate and then withdraw several years in a row to get attention. 9. Wanting to weaken Eurovision by organizing (failing) Turkvision 10. Having a regime that would use… Read more »

Izzy
Izzy
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen

But we miss them still.. no one is perfect 😉

KESC
KESC
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen

So, just because they’ve sent “crap” like Süperstar, they don’t need to come back?! What kind of logic is that? Exchanging 12 points with Azerbaijan is not right sure, but as if other countries don’t exchange points as well, aka Greece-Cyprus, the Skandinavian countries, Russia and the ex Soviet countries etc. Finding the voting unfair just because they don’t qualify? Who said that? Lmao, they only failed to qualify once. They said that they don’t like it that the juries still have much power. Being hostile towards Conchita? Yes, everyone should accept each other, but what about Russia and Armenia?… Read more »

Lolo
Lolo
1 year ago
Reply to  KESC

@KESC bos ver ugrasma dedi?in gibi ?rkç?l?k yap?yor ne dersen de ikna edemezsin, yorma kendini

KESC
KESC
1 year ago
Reply to  Lolo

Sadece o degil, bir cok kisi yapiyor. Hayir, tabiki herkesin kendi fikri olabilir. Herkesin Türkiyeyi veya Türkiyenin yolladigi sarkilari begenmeside beklenemez, ancak bunlar resmen irkci yorumlar. Benim öyle huyum var, ülkeme laf edildigi zaman, benim icin is orada bitmistir. 😀

Khazar
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen

Karen you are armeninan. Thats why you dont want to see Turkey. Lol

Karen
Karen
1 year ago
Reply to  Khazar

And you are turkish or azerbaijani or whatever LOL

Khazar
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen

Then you dont have any right blame Turkey. Shut up

Khazar
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen

Nobody cares your stupid armenian comments about Turkey.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  Khazar

karen didn’t lie tho, armenian or not there are some points she has made. rn we’re cackling at turkvizyon getting CANCELED for the fourth year in a row

MyName
MyName
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen

I understand the 5th “reason” very well. Her winning was more about visuals than music, it added fuel to stereotypes around fans / the contest etc.

As a Turkey-fan in ESC, I have to say I strongly disagree. Let me put it like that, if someone in the future once wrote a list with 10 reason why we DON’T miss San Marino in ESC, I would find more things to agree with. Reason no. 1: Serhat! Kitsch overdose, who never should have qualfied etc.

Loin dici
1 year ago

Weird… this article don’t mention the best Turkish entrant ever, which is daddy Serhat.

Magpie
Magpie
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

I was thinking the same thing!

Ramalamadingdong
Ramalamadingdong
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

April the first is not today! He had a cheesy banal song. No offence but still. Not quality music

Loin dici
1 year ago

That cheese was sold out as San Marino’s first top 10 televote, which means yes it’s cheap yet also so delicious!

MyName
MyName
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Serhat? Sorry, but his songs are really awful. His “best” song is still cheaper than the “worst” Turkish entry.

Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  MyName

Looks like I have to woosh you.

Preuss
Preuss
1 year ago

I love «Dum Tek Tek» to death but Hadise’s vocals were dreadful, you barely heard her! It’s rare to see entries where it’s so blatantly obvious. A bit like Switzerland this year but even more obvious. And they came 4th! That being said, I kinda miss the days of Eurovision where you got entries like «Dum Tek Tek»… Greece sent a lot of fun entries for example. Not because I’m the biggest fan of it but because it was a charm of Eurovision for me. These days everything’s become bloody serious, which I appreciate too but you get my point.… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago

They never topped Dinle.

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

What a delightful article, wiwibloggs. Thanks. I think you are fair, objective and spot on. However, if we are talking about whole Turkish ESc history, I would add our lowest point, Opera (1983), which was the worst ever eurovision song for any country as a reason to love us, because it took guys to send that thrash. I would also add Klips and Onlar to our successful groups because it was our first Top 10 placing and our legendary group MFO, who represented Turkey twice. Finally why not adding Feryal Basel to our divas, she won OGAE second chance contest.

FYROM
FYROM
1 year ago

Whyy does the best countries always have to withdraw and not an irrelevant country like the UK for example

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  FYROM

Because many participating countries have experienced periods of disappointing results only to suddenly go back on top.

FYROM
FYROM
1 year ago
Reply to  James

The UK for almost 3 decades – that’s an achievement

Jowst Nej
Jowst Nej
1 year ago
Reply to  FYROM

Bit of an exaggeration, the UK have been struggling for good results since 2003. Look at countries like Finland and Switzerland, they’ve had a longer bad streak

Joseph Mendy
Joseph Mendy
1 year ago
Reply to  Jowst Nej

Stop there. UK came 5th (somehow) in 2009

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Mendy

And the UK has won Eurovision five times, plus 15 second places (most of any country runner-up). Yes, it’s sad that they are struggling but they are not complete losers overall. Slumps do end soon, but when I don’t know.

Joseph Mendy
Joseph Mendy
1 year ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

The UK will bounce back someday soon. I just know it

Joseph Mendy
Joseph Mendy
1 year ago
Reply to  FYROM

YOU’RE WAY OUT OF LINE!!!!!!!!!!???????

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago

1- Manga
2-Dinle
3-Mor ve Otesi
4-Manga
5-Manga
6-Manga
7-Hadise (Allow me a guilty pleasure)
8-Manga
9-Manga
10-Manga

Did I told you how much I love Manga?

MyName
MyName
1 year ago

Please come back Turkey! You are missed by a LOT of fans!

I think Turkey brought some of the very best ESC-entries, actually my favourite country in ESC… :-O Some great rock music (always welcome in ESC), interesting ethno songs, cool dance songs etc. Always so much “colour” to their entries musically. They did their thing, and were not the ones to make boring mass produced music to “fit into” ESC

Bella
Bella
1 year ago

One of my least favorite Eurovision countries (in terms of song quality). I never really liked any of their entries (mostly cheaply produced and badly performed ethnic pop), and the only reason why they enjoyed some success in the 2000s is because of diaspora vote. No wonder they left claiming they didn’t like the new jury system…

Volare
Volare
1 year ago

Turkey song from Eire

dade
dade
1 year ago

Don’t get wrong, I liked almost all turkisch entries, but one thing has to be said: The reason why Turkey did so well starting from the 00’s is the introduction of the televote, what led to huge diaspora voting. Just have a look at the televoting results in Germany, The Netherlands, France or Austria, all countries with a big turkish community.

KESC
KESC
1 year ago
Reply to  dade

That’s true, but it was not only Turkey profiting from that. Russia, Armenia and some other countries did so as well.
In the past, there were a lot of Turkish people watching the contest, but the last time Turkey took part in the contest, they only got 8 points even from Germany.

Jenny Syse
Jenny Syse
1 year ago

Deli is such a masterpiece!! One of my all time favourites to this day

Volare
Volare
1 year ago
Reply to  Jenny Syse

Delish Delish

Ron
Ron
1 year ago

Apparently the reason why Turkey left Eurovision is because they wanted a Big 5 status but the reason why they won’t return is because their homophobic leader and broadcaster can’t stand to see two men or two women kiss on stage. If all true, they can stay home – Eurovision hasn’t stopped growing since they left.

Also – Dum Tek Tek is their best BOP.

KESC
KESC
1 year ago
Reply to  Ron

The reason why Turkey left is not because they wanted a Big 5 status, but because of the current voting system. They want to get rid of the jury votes, since most of the Turkish entries were underrated by the juries.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  KESC

That’s the official line. I’m more inclined to believe the homophobia theory.

Ron
Ron
1 year ago
Reply to  KESC

I’ve read official reports that say they approached EBU and wanted to be included in the Big 5 after Italy was admitted into the Big 5. But even if it’s the jury rule, the issue is not that their songs were underrated with juries, but rather because their songs were overrated with viewers due to the big diaspora help.

MyName
MyName
1 year ago
Reply to  Ron

I completely understand them. But it’s still a silly reason to withdraw from ESC. But their actual REASON is the dismay of the rules. THe other reason is a sideeffect.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
1 year ago

I want Turkey and Kazakhstan in ESC 2020 because Turkey always was interesting (big contrast with Azerbaijan which rarely brings it’s culture to the contest), and Kazakhstan should be a very interesting country to have in the competition. Oh and 2008-2010 were 3 masterpieces and their winner was great as well.

Ron
Ron
1 year ago

Yea, it would be very hard for Swedish mainstream music producers to compose a song that celebrates Azeri “culture”.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Ron

If in doubt, just go with Thomas G:sson. Everybody eventually does.

Khazar
1 year ago
Reply to  Ron

Ron, At least Azerbaijan dont steal neigbour music. But your armenians always steal turkush Azeri song elements. So shut up

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  Khazar

Shared history, culture, and everything else in between. 🙂

CookieNation
CookieNation
1 year ago

For some reason I think Kazakhstan would be Azerbaijan part 2. Not that I would complain, Azeri songs please me most of the time. I think they would be more focused into being branded as a modern/contemporary country and not on what makes them different. I think they are still sour about Borat, and with a reason.

Shanfa Chai
Shanfa Chai
1 year ago
Reply to  CookieNation

I’m hoping that Kazakhstan won’t become one of those “sell-out countries” like Azerbaijan and Russia by sending generic English songs (with cringy/forced English lyrics) that only appealed to the ESC audiences. I mean, the Kazakh music industry produced songs such as : ALBA – “Tunim” Ali Okapov – “Beri Kel” Ayree – “Oiladyn Ba” Erke Esmahan – “Qayda” JUZIM – “Bagynbaimyn” Kesh You – “Rizamin” Luina – “Hey Yo!” Moldir Auelbekova – “Tugan El” Moonlight – “Tokyo” NINETY ONE – “Bari Biled” Zhanar Dugalova – “Izin Korem” Ziruza – “24/7” So many hidden gems in the Kazakh music industry. Would… Read more »

nycforever
nycforever
1 year ago

I’m not a fan of Azerbaijan entries but they send that “mainstream” songs because they want to be always in the top positions and that “mainstream” songs always succeed in contrast with traditional vibes. Great example is neighboring Georgia, every time they send something a little bit national, they fail. We should admit that unfortunately Europe prefers pop, trash over authenticity.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  nycforever

And English over non-English songs, with some exceptions of course. (Solid was second place and Portugal won with a Portuguese song).

Una
Una
1 year ago

I really really want Turkey back. Please. And IMO Turkey 2010 is one of the best entries in the history of Eurovision. Just my opinion of course.

Loin dici
1 year ago

Well…
Superstar is my guilty pleasure.

KESC
KESC
1 year ago

Ajda Pekkan ‘Petrol’ is one of our best entries. It was so underrated. Generally speaking, Turkey’s entries were very underrated in the 1970s/1980s.

I really hope we can return soon, cause Turkey has one of the best music industries in the world.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago

I expect they’ll only come back one day if an islamic country like azerbaijan, kazakhstan, Albania or bosnia wins.

Efraim
Efraim
1 year ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Azerbaijan already won once… in fact, they hosted Turkey’s very last ESC appearance.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago
Reply to  Efraim

I know

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

Speaking of 12 points from Morocco: Morocco is kind of getting its second Eurovision appearance thanks to the new sponsor. Or is it the third, counting Loreen?

pepe
pepe
1 year ago

Hind Laroussi (NL 08) and Basim (DK 14) are also of Moroccan descent.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  pepe

So Morocco is actually quite present in Eurovision. Hind was very pretty but her song so boring, from the Dutch dark age.

Nikko
Nikko
1 year ago

And Bilal Hassani (FR 19)

carmen
carmen
1 year ago

And Amir – France 2016

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

I don’t know the old Turkish entries but their” best Greek song” I know is probably “Rimi Rimi Ley” and their “best Greek vocals” came from Hadise. They were like the insanely bestest “best Greek vocals” ever.

Lolo
Lolo
1 year ago

what do you mean by saying Greek song/vocal?

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Lolo

I learned this delightful expression when I skimmed through this article. Look towards the end. Read the bonus fact.

EuroSluuuuutty
EuroSluuuuutty
1 year ago

No thnx. Turkey is not Europe… so ain’t Armenia and Israel. They all need to be banned from the contest #OnlyEuropeans

Lol
Lol
1 year ago
Reply to  EuroSluuuuutty

You’re trash.

Izzy
Izzy
1 year ago
Reply to  EuroSluuuuutty

Eurovision is about diversity and celebration regardless of people origins. I’m Israeli and I think that Eurovision wouldn’t be the same if we’d withdraw. It’s also lost a very important part of it since Turkey has left (and other countries as well..)

Fionn
Fionn
1 year ago
Reply to  EuroSluuuuutty

Just stop once again I’ll stress the fact that I hate negative comments especially about something as positive as Eurovision so keep it to ur self

Joseph Mendy
Joseph Mendy
1 year ago
Reply to  Fionn

I Stan

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  EuroSluuuuutty

Thrace is in Europe.

Joseph Mendy
Joseph Mendy
1 year ago
Reply to  EuroSluuuuutty

Really? They’re part of the EBU so they can compete. Get your facts straight before you start yakking.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

My fondest Turkey moments are their first victory and their last entry, Sertab and Can. I like it best when their songs have ethno-sounds but are still contemporary.

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago

Athena, a punk rock song -no, no and no. It is much more ska than punk. Finland was the last punk song I remember and look how well that did! Eurovision needs more punk!

MyName
MyName
1 year ago
Reply to  Kosey

I agree! More punk please 🙂

pepe
pepe
1 year ago

How can you not love Sibel. She owned that stage and made that mediocre song shine.

KESC
KESC
1 year ago
Reply to  pepe

Mediocre? Are yous serious?

pepe
pepe
1 year ago
Reply to  KESC

As a song it was quite mediocre. It was the great performance which brought it to live.

KESC
KESC
1 year ago
Reply to  pepe

I’m sorry, it’s my fault, I confused Sibel (2006) with Sebnem (1997). So, if you were talking about Sibel, you are right. 🙂