Posts by Serkan

Eurovision voting model is suggested for Baloon D’or

After the finalists are revealed by FIFA’s Baloon D’or this year, the speculations from Germany and Spain came over. It is speculated that the winner name might be already choosen by the major names; even worse, the vote rigging might have happened. The souliton is simple: Bring the Eurovision voting model. In recent years in… Read more

Dilara Kazımova to wave Azeri flag in Copenhagen

Tonight the grand final of the Azeri national selection named Böyük Səhnə was broadcast. Dilara Kazımova, Erkin Osmanlı and Xana Hasanova fought it out to win the ticket to Copenhagen. Each participant performed three songs specially written for tonight. Dilara Kazımova was the winner at the end of the night. And so we come to the end of… Read more

Azeri final of Böyük Səhnə 2014: Get to know the participants

And so we come to the end of another lengthy Azeri selection process with a brand new semi final. Böyük Səhnə which has replaced Milli Seçim Turu, is holding its final show this weekend. Three participants will be battling it out to go on to make their dreams come true in Copehnagen this year. The final of Böyük Səhnə will be aired… Read more

Azeri Böyük Səhnə: The final line up completed

This evening the third show in the Azeri selection Böyük Səhnə was broadcast by İçtimai. Six participants battled for qualification to the final next weekend. The final three performers are: Dilara Kazımova, Erkin Osmanli and Khana Hasanova. The second semi-final in Azerbaijan’s national selection was held this evening in Bakü with Hüsniye Maharramova and Tural… Read more

Böyük Səhnə 2014: 4 more to leave

Tonight the third show in Azeri selections Böyük Sehne was held. It was the second live show where the expert jury narrowed down the participants to six. The second of semi-final in Azerbaijan’s national selection was held this evening in Bakü with Hüsniye Maharramova and Tural Esadov as hosts  The ten participants battled for the… Read more

The EBU vs. TRT chapter 1 – what exactly is going on?

The EBU wants TRT back into the Eurovision fold, but TRT is reluctant to return – or are they? No one really knows. The reason cited for not participating was due to the results from unfair jury voting, but it would seem the offical explanation given is merely the tip of the iceberg. It was… Read more

Azeri selections Böyük Səhnə kicked off – 14 participants presented

This year Azerbaijan is deciding its entrant via another lengthy talent show called Böyük Səhnə. The episodes from auditions were premiered last week and last week we were able to meet with the fourteen finalists. Last year the show Böyük Səhnə was broadcast by another Azeri broadcaster, ATV. More than half of the Milli Seçim Turu participants also participated… Read more

İçtimai replaces Milli Seçim Turu with Böyük Sehne

Azeri public broadcaster, İçtimai TV, has revised its strategy for selecting its representative at the Eurovision Song Contest. The last five years’ selection method is being replaced with another long term competition, Böyük Sehne which is  an idol style contest. The idol contest, Böyük Sehne (Big Stage) is nothing new in Azeri broadcasting history as… Read more

Unser Song für Danemark: NDR reveals 7 hopefuls

German broadcaster NDR has recently revealed seven names out of eight finalists after a meeting of a special committee. The eighth name will be revealed at a later date and the final will take place at Lanxess Arena on March 13th. A special committee which was formed by German national broadcaster NDR was responsible for… Read more

Early Rumours sign Ilse De Lange as Dutch 2014 Eurovision entrant

As the time ticks down to the announcement of the Dutch representative for Copenhagen, the local media is busy with romours. Lately, Dutch favourite Ilse De Lange left the doors open for the next Eurovision Song Contest after being questioned about it in a talkshow. A few days ago the Dutch broadcaster, TROS, announced that… Read more

TRT: EBU Apologises But No Participation in 2014

Today, the broadcaster TRT, who has decided not to come back to the Eurovision Song Contest, released a statement regarding the next contest. Though EBU’s head Jean-Paul Philippot has apologised about what TRT believes to be previous unfair decisions, TRT is not stepping back from their opinion about 2014 participation. The Turkish broadcaster decided to… Read more

Change of dates in Latvian Eirodziesma 2014

Latvian broadcaster LTV announced that the dates of the musical event Eirodziesma, which selects their representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, has been changed in order to fit into a busy schedule with currency change and Winter Olympics. Latvian national broadcaster LTV is one of representative member in Eurovision Song Contest who earlier geared up… Read more

LTV started the selection process of Eirodziesma 2014

Latvian national broadcaster LTV has geared up for the preparations regarding to the national song festival, Eirodziesma. The same format of Eirodziesma in the recent years will be carried out in 2014 with the change that the songwriters or composers have to be Latvian. Latvia has ended up as one of the worst placed countries… Read more

Dates announced for Finnish Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu

The Finnish national broadcaster YLE has announced that 420 songs have been submitted for participation in the 2014 selection of Uuden Musiikun Kilpailu. The broadcaster also revealed the dates of the selection as well as more information about the process leading to the Finish Eurovision representative. Having 420 songs applied to particpate in YLE’s national… Read more

TRT: Turkey most likely not coming back in 2014

One of the big guns in the Eurovision Song Contest, Turkey, upset many fans by withdrawing from last year’s contest. TRT’s head manager announced their come back is not likely to happen next year, although it is still a considerable dilemma. Turkey became one of the most successful countries immediately after the televoting system was… Read more

Athena’s Gökhan joins Hadise in The Voice of Turkey

Things have been rather silent for Athena since their participation at the Eurovision Song Contest. Lead singer Gökhan however now hits the spotlight again as he joins Hadise as jury member of The Voice of Turkey in the new season to be premiered in two weeks. Hadise, who is born in Belgium, but represented Turkey… Read more

Can Bonomo to Play in a Turkish Sit-Com

The last Turkish representative, Can Bonomo, decided to appear in a tv sit-com right before his summer holiday. The Turkish sit-com Yüksek Giriş will be premmierred on July 28th on ATV with the starting time 21.45 CET. After having the honour of being Turkey’s latest representative at the Eurovision Song Contest arena last year in… Read more

Silvi Vrait Passed Away at the Age of 62

Veteran singer, actress and also a teacher, Silvi Vrait, who represented Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, has passed away at the age of 62. A brain tumor was given as the reason of her tragic death. Silvi Vrait was born in 1951 in Kehra. After having studied in music, she became an… Read more

Azeri voting speculations concern both participating countries and EBU

After politicians in both Russia and Azerbaijan have reacted to speculations about voting fraud – and other countrie got offended being told that Lithuanian votes were sold, EBU surprisingly decided to respond in an atempt to put a stop to the crises.  The speculations began right after the Eurovision Song Contest was held succesfully in… Read more

Turkish comedy group makes parody of Valentina Monetta’s video

Turkish national broadcaster TRT made a shocking decision in November when they withdrew from the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. As the contest soon will take place without their country, Turkish fans are however able to enjoy a parody of the San Marino video. The comedy-sketch group called Muğla FTR, who are a group of students… Read more

Sertab Erener celebrates 20th year in music with a special album release

The only victorious Eurovision participant from Turkey, Sertab Erener has been preparing to celebrate her 20th anniversary in music with a special album release titled Sade. It contains eleven songs with three bonus remixes and will be released on April, 12th in digital stores. The first video-clip from the album has already been released. Veteran singer… Read more

Fərid Məmmədov wins the Milli Final 2013

Tonight we put an end to the selection of last year’s host country, Azerbaijan. The final show of Milli Seçim Turu was in the concept of a concert entitled Milli Final 2013 where the participants sang original songs where Fərid Məmmədov got the ticket for Malmö. The winning song will be decided later. A short… Read more