Turkey: Withdrawal on the Cards for TRTWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
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.