The European Broadcasting Union is working round the clock in order to ensure that their predictions with regards to the amount of participating countries is still around the target that they had set earlier this year, which is that involving around thirty eight nations which just happens to be the current number of countries confirmed to take part in the event following the earlier withdrawals put forward by Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and followed by the decisions taken up today which will also see Turkey and Bosnia & Herzegovina not taking part in the esteemed competition due to completely different reasons. Both countries have been known to succeed at the Eurovision Song Contest with the latter in particular having a perfect qualification record since the semi-final system was introduced noting that the former only failed to quality on just one occasion since the same system came into effect.
Both announcements were somewhat unexpected especially that of Bosnia & Herzegovina who are definitely coming off what seems to be one of their most disappointing results with Korake Ti Znam performed by Maya Sar, achieving just fifty five points and eighteenth place after managing to finish in sixth place within the semi-final. BHRT noted that due to financial difficulties they would have to give the competition a miss and therefore, would be taking a year off with the strong possibility that they would be returning in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest should the financial situation stabilize. Despite never winning the competition, they have been close on two occasions, the first time with Hari Mata Hari and his entry Lejla which was written by Zeljko Joksimovic in 2006 and the second would be a sixth place achieved by Dino Merlin in 2010 with the song Love In Rewind.
In the meantime, the second withdrawal of the day came about from Turkey who have been pretty much inconsistent in their line of thought as of late noting that their choice has been somewhat based on the fact that they do not believe the voting system to be fair with the reintroduction of the juries as well as the power that the big five have, which enables them to compete directly in the final. It seems that their somewhat lackluster result achieved in 2011 with the song Live It Up performed by Yuksek Sadakat is being blamed on this whilst noting that they failed to drum up the support they could for the seventh placed entry Love Me Back by Can Bonomo. Turkey did not do well with the jury, finishing in twenty second place whilst managing a fourth place in tele-voting. Therefore, they would like some issues to be addressed. Without both nations, there will surely be less diaspora voting though and this is a plus. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.
Source: BHRT, TRT
Turkey is not even close to being one of the more recent countries in the Eurovision Song Contest with a history which dates back to 1975 thus making their upcoming entry the thirty-fifth albeit, not in succession. It has to be noted that since the introduction of the semi-final format, qualification has always been close by with just one failure in six occasions, that coming back in 2011 when the group Yuksek Sadakat took to the stage with their entry Live It Up which was quite similar to the nations' previous effort the year before when they had managed to finish in the first runner-up position. There has been a lot of talk on whether the nation should continue to take part due to a number of elements but 2013 is a certainty at this stage and therefore, with the help of people in the Turkey music industry, a number of suggestions have been passed on forward as the involvement in the competition gains a pace.
It seems that despite the obvious choices which are seemingly becoming boring in terms of rumours, namely those involving the likes of Tarkan, Atiye and Murat Boz, there is one name which is receiving ample publicity and that is none other than Aynur Aydin. The young performer has been working on her debut album in the Scandinavian country of Sweden which will play host to the annual music event. The individuals that she has been working with including Tony Nilsson and singer/songwriter Darin have worked with some of the best people in the music industry including Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Anna Vissi and Jennifer Lopez. Public perception is always the key to success in the choice of a representative or an entry and it seems that TRT are taking that into consideration as they posted a status on their official social network page on Facebook asking 'Which Artist/Group should represent Turkey at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden?'. The answers are diverse but certain names do tend to stick out more from the rest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
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.
Proud-to-be-Malta’s representative in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja, has lately been touring around Europe promoting his song. On the 25th April was infact his very last day of this tour which took him around most part of Eastern Europe. His last stop was Amsterdam, in Netherlands, where he took part in the event called “Eurovision in Concert” last Sunday, 21st April, where not less than 24 countries promoted their entry. Before returning to Malta on the 26th April, Kurt made a stop in Milan where he will be appearing on a show aired on RAI Due.
During his promotional tour, Kurt met with other Eurovision contenders including Sabina Babayeva who will be representing the host country Azerbaijan, Can Bonomo representing Turkey, Sofi Marinova of Bulgaria, Ivi Adamou of Cyprus, Soluna Samay of Denmark, Donny Montell of Lithuania and Anggun who will be representing France. Kurt Calleja made various appearances in TV shows and performances in nightclubs and also in some National Selections, including Lithuania’s National Selection. Kurt described this promotional tour as “a great adventure” and he surely made a good name for our country, thanks also to his bubbly and super out-going character.
Now, the emphasis of Kurt’s work will surely be on those important 3 minutes on the stage on the 24th May, that is, the second semifinal. Maybe odds will treat us bad once again, but everyone is more than sure that Kurt and his team will do not only their very best, but their utmost to assure a great performance on that night … and hopefully ‘that would be the night’. In an interview done by escflashmalta.com, Kurt said that the performance will be as simple as possible, nearing very much the performance which led him to the victory last February.
Source: Facebook, escflashmalta
One of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest over the last couple of years has surely been Turkey making it to the top ten of the competition each and every year since 2006 whilst their first and only victory came back in 2003 thanks to Sertab Erener and her song 'Everyway That I Can' which won a nailbiting affair with Belgium over in Riga, Latvia. This year, they have decided to keep the style which saw them do well last year with a pop/rock influence clearly noticeable.
Last year, the Turkish broadcaster, TRT, called upon the winners of the MTV Award winners for the best European Act to represent the nation and maNga along with their song 'We Could Be The Same' managed to finish in second position which was their best result since their victory back in 2003. Thus, they have called upon an up and coming band called Yuksek Sadakat who will be presenting the song 'Live It Up' in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The promotional tour for the act commenced today and the destinations which have been included in their tour include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Germany, The Netherlands, Albania and our very own nation of Malta. During this promotional tour, the group are set to be making radio and television appearances as well as magazine interviews. We will be doing our best to let you know of their schedule here in Malta.
Source: Yüksek Sadakat's Twitter, Official Website