Since 1995, one of the countries to have always competed in the Eurovision Song Contest has been none other than Turkey and it is also to be noted that since their victory back in 2003 brought about by Sertab Erener and her track Everyway That I Can, they have managed to finish in the top ten on six occasions, including earlier this year when they were represented by the charming Can Bonomo and his entry Love Me Back which ranked precisely in seventh place thanks to ample tele-voting. Nevertheless, it seems that they are not too content with recent results with the General Director of the Broadcaster, İbrahim Şahin going onto state that the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is already decided months before the event takes place urging the European Broadcasting Union to discuss the current voting system which features 50% Jury and 50% Tele-Voting.
The same individual concerned spoke freely about the issue, going onto add that they had been thinking of withdrawing from this yeards' edition but considering that it was being hosted by neighbouring country Azerbaijan, they felt like they should take part with this ultimately being the best choice. In the meantime, it was also revealed that one of the nations' biggest exports, that being Tarkan continually declines the offer to represent Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest due tot he fact that he would like to be assured of victory, somewhat contradicting the element that they are fighting, which is corruption. This debacle might have just begun due to the fact that in 2011, the country failed to qualify to the finals of the event with the song Live It Up performed by Yüksek Sadakat even though, the majority of the people did not support the internal decision of the broadcaster which brought their respective tactics into question. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news concerning the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden.
The second semi-final fo the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest has always proven to be more interesting based on the previosu results obtained by the countries that are competing in it as well as the songs that are normally presented by the same nations. The main favourite has been noted to be Sweden but then again, there are a number of other countries which are quickly rising to a new status and one of them is surely the song representing Turkey entitled Love Me Back performed and written by Can Bonomo who is also a rising star in his homecountry. Last year, Turkey failed to make it through to the final round and therefore, there is a lot of expectation this time.
Can Bonomo started playing guitar at the age of 8, when he was introduced to music with the inspiration of his neighbour. Throughout his secondary school and university years, Bonomo, together with amateur music bands, staged several concerts in Izmir and Istanbul. Finally he said, “I’m ready”, stepped up to the plate and started working on his first album. Following two years of hard work, in January 2011, Can Bonomo's first album, “Meczup”, was released.
Can Bonomo, who is a native of Izmir, has been involved with music since his secondary school and high school years. At the age of 17; Bonomo decided to move to Istanbul and entered into the music business as a sound engineer. Bonomo studied at the Department of Film and Television in Bilgi University, during which he dj’d at Radyo Klas, Number One FM and Radio N101. After working on the radio, Bonomo moved into television and produced TV shows at Number One TV and MTV.
Can Bonomo's music changed dimension when he wrapped up his demo cd into the cover page of a book and sent it to Can Saban. Can Saban, who is the producer, musical director and arranger of the album “Meczup”, is also the director of the video clips from the album. Bonomo and Saban, continuing the friendship built during the first album, are still working together, now as the founding partners of the company “Can Biraderler”.
The Critics Voice Their Opinion
- Balkan music from Turkey. Danceable rhythms and a catchy simple song. Charismatic young man singing “We need a little bit of rock’n’roll”. No you don’t, what you’ve already got is enough. At least to reach the finals. Seven (7) points from me.
- I must say that the track is quite good and he sings it well but unfortunately, he is not singing in Turkish and that is a pity because it is such a beautiful language. My assessment would see it get three (3) points.
- A very likeable song performed by a very likeable performer. This is happy, clappy and really engaging from the word go. Maybe not a winner, but a personal favourite and thus the very first maximum points from my end, a full rounded ten (10).
Performer: Anri Jokhadze
Composer: Rusudan Chkhaidze
Author: Bibi Kvachadze
Song: I'm A Joker
History of the Nation
Turkey have been competing in the Eurovision Song Contest for quite a large amount of time actually with this year marking their thirty-fourth participation thus far. Their debut was way back in 1975 with Semiha Yankı with Seninle Bir Dakika which finishing in last place and hence saw the country halt their participation. Their returned some three years later to a more successful finish. Nevertheless, their first glimpse of a positive result would be in 1986 when Klips ve Onlar performed the track Halley finishing in ninth place, remaining their best finish until 1997 when Şebnem Paker and Etnik tried their luck with Dinle finishing in third place. This would be the beginning of the future as Turkey would win with Sertab Erener and Every Way That I Can in 2004 and continue reaching positive results throughout the decade before failing to qualify just last year.