Can you feel the rhythm in your heart and is the beat going düm tek tek? If so, then you’re probably a fan of Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest. And you’re probably well-aware that, after years of openly criticising the presence of juries at Eurovision, Turkish broadcaster TRT are in talks to re-join the contest.
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. The stats 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! In 2003 Sertab Erener gave the country its first and so far only win with “Every Way That I Can”.
Turkey managed to do very well with rock throughout the 00’s (bar 2011). In 2004, when Turkey hosted the contest in Istanbul, their act Athena sang “For Real” – a punk rock song. They finished fourth — an unusually high placing for a host nation. Four years later, Mor ve Ötesi, an alternative rock band, came seventh in Belgrade. And in 2010 it was MaNga with their unforgettable “We Could be the Same” which came second – Turkey’s best result since Sertab’s win.
So, as we wait to find out if and when Turkey will finally make its triumphant return to the song contest, we just have to ask: Who is your favourite Eurovision act from Turkey since 2000? You can vote in our poll below. If you need a reminder of who’s who, then just scroll down to re-live all these iconic performances…
Poll: Who is Turkey’s best Eurovision entry since 2000?
You can vote for as many acts as you want, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.