TRT have confirmed to esctoday.com that Turkey have 100% decided not to take part in Eurovision 2014. This means that Turkey will have not been at the contest since 2012. They withdrew from the 2013 contest over disagreements about the Big 5 and the introduction of a jury vote.
In the mean time Turkey have announced a rival to Eurovision called Türkvizyon. The contest which will take place this December will feature a total of 20 countries and territories with Turkish links competing for a prize of 20,000 Euro and a statuette. There have been many comparisons between the two contests and also controversies about the way the contest will be run. Turkvision will feature a 50/50 voting system of sms vote and jury vote, despite Turkey’s apparent dislike of its use in Eurovision.
Furthermore there have also been words from certain members of the organizing comitee of the contest, that Türkvizyon will be superior to Eurovision, and that it will not suffer from political voting.
What do you think of Turkey’s decision to withdraw and creating Turkvizyon?