Turkey awaits EBU rules for 2014 decision
It was a surprise to most fans when Turkey decided to pull out of the Eurovision Song Contest and not compete in 2013. This was in protest of the Big 5 system, which allows the five biggest financial contributors to the EBU to bypass the semi-finals. It was also in protest of the 50 percent power of the national juries.
That tune is not about to change. TRT, the national broadcaster of Turkey, is awaiting a change from the EBU. “We are waiting for the voting rules to be changed before we make a final decision. Time has not run out yet, so there is still a chance of us participating next year,” said Ibrahim Sahin, head of TRT, according to dr.dk. The EBU will publish the rules of Eurovision Song Contest 2014 at the end of the year.
Turkish fans are already trying to get TRT to change their minds. On Twitter, they have encouraged all Eurovision fans to use the hashtag, “#EUROVISIONyoksasendeyoksunTRT” to create awareness of the situation.
Turkey won the contest in 2003 with Sertab Erener’s “Everyway That I Can” and came second in 2010 with maNga’s “We Could Be the Same.”