Zilia Bakhtieva has confirmed that she will be participating in the Turkvision Song Contest 2016 in Turkey.

Zilia Bakhtieva has confirmed that she will be returning to the Turkvision contest this year, having been unable to compete last year. It is thought that she will be representing Bashkortostan, however has yet to confirm this detail. If she is the representative of Bashkortostan, the region joins a growing number of countries and regions who have confirmed their participation in the Turkvision Song Contest. To date five other Russian regions have confirmed that they are either returning or debuting in this years contest.

Zilia’s won last years selection process in Ufa, Bashkortostan. She had been selected as part of the group “Al-Salam” to represent Bashkortostan in Istanbul. Bashkortostan along with a number of Russian regions was forced to withdraw from last years contest, due to a deterioration in relations between the Russian Federation and Turkey.

To date the following countries and regions have confirmed their participation in the contest:

  • Azerbaijan – Sevinc Beyaz
  • Belarus – Svetlana Agarval
  • Crimea (Russia)
  • Gagauzia – Yulia Arnaut
  • Germany – Seyran
  • Kazakhstan
  • Khakassia (Russia) – Irenek Khan
  • Kumyk (Russia)
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia – Oksana Bilera
  • The Netherlands – Elcan
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Sandzak (Serbia)
  • Sweden – Arghavan – DirçəliÅŸ
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine – Natalia Papazoglo
  • Yakutia (Russia)
  • Unknown Country - Zilia Bakhtieva

Source: VK

The Turkvision Song Contest was first held in 2013 in the Turkish city of Eskisehir. The contest which is open to Turkic nations and regions such as Turkey, Kazakhstan and Yakutia. The contest follows a similar format to the Eurovision Song Contest, with songs limited to being 4 minutes long. To date Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have won the contest.