In June she won the eighth series of the British reality dating programme Love Island. But now Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu has new destinations in mind…and Eurovision may be among them.
The British star of Turkish descent told Irish glamour site goss.ie that she is up for the challenge of Eurovision. In an exclusive interview with the site during the opening of a beauty store in Dublin, Ekin-Su tackled the question of whether we will ever see her at the contest.
“Yes, I’d love to! That’s a big fat yes! Yeah I’d love to do that, honestly.”
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It’s come as a surprise to many that the former Love Island star actually had a music career before diving on to the show. In 2018, she featured in a music video with Turkish singer Seçil Gür. Starring simply as “Su”, she dueted on the track “Yeniden Başlasın”.
Interestingly, there is a little Eurovision connection to that track too as the song was originally released as a Julio Inglesias cover sung by Turkish superstar Ajda Pekkan. And both obviously sang for their respective countries at Eurovision.
Last year, the BBC called on the music management firm Tap Music to oversee the selection of the U.K.’s Eurovision act. It has major artists in its house, including Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Ellie Goulding. But instead of an established name, Tap decided to go with TikTok star Sam Ryder.
With “Space Man”, the Essex native brought the nation back to the top 10 for the first time in over 13 years and gave the United Kingdom its best result in the 21st century.
With the contest returning to the country for the first time in twenty-five years, enthusiasm for the event is peaking. Should Ekin-Su get to ride that wave?
Do you think that Ekin-Su should represent the United Kingdom in the near future? Did you know she had a singing career before Love Island? Let us know in the comments down below!
Surely we can do better than scraping the bottom of the reality tv barrel…
UK recently turned it all around with Sam this year, coming second, and probably winning if the situation wasn’t as it was.
They need to stay away from reality stars who will do anything for fame, she represented Ireland in a beauty pageant a few years back too despite never even setting foot here until just recently.
UK is on to something just now, rather they just build on that momentum.
She can stay away from representing Ireland too for that matter.
No, she doesn’t She just wants attention, that’s all these Love Island types want. It’s like oxygen to them.
Love Island gives gen Z a distorted view of what true love is.
We are coming to winnnn Eurovision after the 2023 elections. ??
I am a Turk and I say that please don’t participate on behalf of Türkiye, we want to participate in 2024 with a very good musical piece and I hope the 70th Eurovision song contest will be held in Türkiye.
Why 2024 and not 2023?
because you probably know ,that there are additional events to Eurovision on special anniversaries.
they have to get rid of erdo?*n first. Hope they succeed but I’m afraid they won’t 🙁
The only link she should have with Eurovision is being the online social media host, or perhaps even a green room host.
Ekin-Su is one of the most talked about celebrities for Gen Z in the UK and Ireland at the moment, so it makes sense to have her as an online host.
No no no. The UK finally showed a backbone with their collab with TaP music and feel they should give them another go. Lets steer clear of the whole “reality” show celebs, regardless of whether they had 1 hit or not. Christ, at this point you are as well resurrecting the Steps will they won’t they pap.
I’m sure you would love, but no.
At this point I don’t care who represents their country, I only have a preference that any country’s representative has ties with that country (unlike a certain microstate, cough cough), if she gets to compete in ESC with a good song, then by all means, go ahead
No thanks. However, it’s nice she is enthusiastic about the contest unlike many “stars” in the UK.
No thanks, Another Love Island trash. Turkey is not coming back, maybe try Azerbaijan lol
No thanks we can keep CRAP Island out of the equation.
I have no idea who she is since I don’t watch LI, but if she has a deent song and can perform well, then so be it. Otherwise, well, no thanks. I do wonder, though, does she actually know what is involved. The amount of hard work, and time that is required for Eurovision.
Don’t forget to get the permission of your sultana mr.president Erdogan, you Turkish people don’t even have freedom i pity you ahahaha
If she has THE song and if she can deliver it correctly with an outstanding performance why not, Eurovision is not a reality TV show, you don’t come there without talent to get illegitimate and ephemeral fame, it’s is totally the opposite.
She could get to ride that wave only if she has the proper musical chops, not because she was on Love Island. It seems to me there are a lot more ahead of her in that queue, so… no.