Turkey creates the Türkvision song contest
Not surprisingly, the 2014 rules of the Eurovision Song Contest did not remove the Big 5 or the juries, which were Turkey’s conditions for participating next year. Instead, the rule changes addressed jury transparency.
That pretty much confirmed that Turkey will remain absent from the contest for at least another year. However, that does not mean Turkey will not have plenty of song contest entertainment.
TRT, the national broadcaster of Turkey, presented a brand new show for the Turkish cultural world on Saturday, called “Türkvision.” At the presentation was the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest winners Ell and Nikki of Azerbaijan, and this year’s Azerbaijani representative, Farid Mammadov.
The concept appears very similar to Eurovision; 20 different countries and autonomous regions with Turkish minorities battle with songs in semi-finals, in hopes of reaching a final where a winner will be found among the 12 qualified.
But it is not the alternative to Eurovision it appears to be, according to Secretary of Education of Turkey, Nabi Avcı, who was present at the press conference. “Türkvision does not need to be compared to Eurovision. It will have its place in the Turkic world with its own brand value. Whether we participate or not in Eurovision, I hope that Türkvision will move forward in its own path, growing and expanding year-by-year,” he said to Turkish online newspaper Hurriyet Daily News.
The first edition of Türkvision will air in December, on the 19th, 21st and 23rd, in the Turkish city of Eskişehir.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News