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10 thoughts on “Turkey: Will Not Participate In The Eurovision Song Contest 2018”

      1. Actually i think it is very unlikely to see Turkey in any eurovision futur contest.If it is the 1st prime minister and the government that won’t let Turkey in, then…

  1. No surprise here. It shouldn’t have been a surprise to begin with.

    If I were maNga, I’d try signing up to sing for Azerbaijan. Better yet, go to San Marino. It almost worked for Serhat. 🙂

  2. Ok, so TRT is the state owned television channel (is there any other channel allowed?) of Turkey. If I’m not mistaken, in all participating countries the official, state owned ΤV channels are the ones that organize and finance their countries’ participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. I’ve never heard any other participating country’s politicians meddling in this supposedly non-political event. But it seems for Turkey everything is a matter of politics. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the so-called Big 5 are the founding members of the EBU, or at least the Eurovision Song Contest concept – so it is not a question of being accepted into the Big 5 because your country has more inhabitants than the Big 5 countries combined. After all, Russia has more inhabitants than Turkey and has not made claims to be included in the Big 5 as far as I have heard.
    Another big question mark for me personally is why Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and its subordinate countries, Israel, and a few others are allowed to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest at all, since they are not European countries! Someone once told me these countries pay a fee to the EBU and thus are included.
    So I suppose the EBU are just happy to get the money and doesn’t give a damn. Even Morocco once
    participated in the Song Contest – probably most of you younger fans did not even know that!?? How many of you know that the so-called Eastern European countries once had their own, separate song contest event called Intervision?

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