maNga, the band that represented Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo in 2010, has hinted at a possible return to the contest.
In 2010, the rock band maNga took the Eurovision world by storm with their light show performance on the Oslo stage, placing 2nd overall with their song “We Could Be The Same”. Yesterday night, the band tweeted:
Eurovision ? Yine yeni yeniden… ????????
— maNga (@maNgaMusic) August 1, 2017
Which translates to “Eurovision Song Contest? Still, new again…”. This could be a hint to a possible return by both the country and the band, although Turkish broadcaster TRT is yet to comment. maNga aren’t the only past Turkish representatives to show their interest in Turkey returning to the contest. Recently Sertab Erener, who won the contest for Turkey in 2003, said on her Instagram that she would like to see Turkey return.
To begin with, Turkey wasn’t the luckiest of countries at the contest, placing last on their debut in 1975, and getting nul points in 1983 and 1987. Turkey recently withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, after disagreements with some rules such as the Big Five. Their last entry to date was Can Bonomo with his Song “Love Me Back” in 2012. They haven’t returned since, and took it upon themselves to create their own take on the Song Contest with Turkvision, for predominantly Turkish speaking countries. Turkey has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul in 2004, after Sertab Erener’s win the previous year.
Behind their win in 2003, maNga is the most successful Turkish entry, placing 2nd with 170 points in the final. In the past there has been rumours that the country will return to the contest. Watch their Eurovision 2010 performance here:
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on the 8th, 10th, and 12th May next year. So far 22 countries have provisionally confirmed their participation, including Russia, who withdrew from the 2017 contest in Ukraine. A Turkish return would see the country at the contest after a 5 year break.