TURKEY – It’s reported by local media that some Non Govermental Organisations are working to bring back Turkey to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017. Those NGOs are from Crimea: Crimean Tatar Organisational Platform, Crimean Turks Culture and the Solidarity Association. Their argument is that a return of Turkey in Eurovision is a necessity due to the Crimea-Turkey cultural relations especially now that “1944” won the Eurovision Song Contest, plus that Crimean Tatars are living in Turkey. It was no surprise that Jamala’s concert in Turkey last August had massive media coverage in Turkey. TRT and European Broadcasting Union are still in negotiations for the country’s return to the Eurovision Song Contest with TRT still reluctant to the BIG 5 system and the jury voting. According to the local press there should be a final decision this month! Turkey officially withdrew from Eurovision in 2013. TRT wanted to withdraw as of 2012 but when Azerbaijan won and hosted the event it was inevitable for them not to participate, as the two countries are considered to be brother nations. It is also no secret that we are expecting couple of rule changes for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest edition as oikotimes.com earlier reported.
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