Turkvision 2013 – After deciding not to enter in 2014, Turkey’s national broadcaster TRT has decided to launch its own version of Eurovision for Turkic-speaking countries…TURKVISION! Turkey will host the first edition in Eskişehir at the end of December. Turkey has made it clear it will not re-join Eurovision until the rules are changed. It objects to the Big 5 auto qualifying for the final.
The ‘Turkvision’ project, branded as an alternative to Eurovision after Turkey snubbed the show displeased with the voting system, has now become a reality after the official signing ceremony in Eskişehir on Sept. 21, with the attendance of Education Minister Nabi Avcı. Nikki and Ell, Eurovision winners 2011 for Azerbaijan) participated in the launch ceremony.
Avcı however, stressed that the contest was not, as many suggested, an alternative to the European version organized since 1956, but intended to be within the scope of the Turkic world cultural capital events. The cultural capital flag is carried this year by Eskişehir.
“Turkvision 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 Turkvision will move forward in its own path, growing and expanding year-by-year,” Avcı said, adding that the initial idea was to create a meeting space for young musicians.
“This project is part of the Turkic world cultural capital event. Hopefully, the next towns selected as the ’cultural capitals’ will pursue the event,” he said.
A total of 20 countries and autonomic regions populated with Turkic minorities, such as the Republic of Tataristan in Russia or the Republic of Crimea, which belongs to Ukraine, will be participating in the yearly event.
Azerbaijan has already revealed that Tunzala Agayeva will participate in the “Turkvision – 2013” Song Contest in Turkey for them.
The semi-finals of the contest will be organized between 19 and 21 December, while the final, where only 12 of the initial 20 participants will take part, is scheduled for December 23.
The contest will be aired on “TRT Avaz”, “TRT Music” and “TRT Anadolu” TV channels.