Alseda Seydaliyeva has been selected to represent Crimea at the Turkvision Song Contest 2016, next month in Turkey.

Crimea has selected Alseda Seydaliyev to represent the region on their return to the Turkvision Song Contest this year in Turkey. Alseda was selected in a national final held on Saturday, where a panel of four judges selected the regions entrant. In total seven artists tried to represent Crimea at this years contest, six female participants and one male singer.

Alseda was born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan and went on to study in both Moscow and London. She said regarding her victory in the Crimean selection that it was a great honour to be able to represent Crimea, she is very proud that she can compete in a contest celebrating Turkic roots.

One of the four judges to select this years Crimean participant was Fazile Ibraimova. Fazile was selected to represent Ukraine at the first Turkvision Song Contest in 2013, she went on to finish in third place scoring a total of 200 points, just 10 points behind winners Azerbaijan.

The selection was held in Simferopol at the Crimean Tatar Academic Music and Drama Theatre. Crimea is returning to the contest this year having been unable to compete in last years contest in Istanbul. Crimea along with other Russian regions were forced to withdraw from the contest due to a deterioration in relations between the Russian Federation and Turkey.In 2015 Crimea had selected Safiye Denishaeva to represent them at the Turkvision Song Contest with the song “Aqin Dostlar”.

To date the following countries and regions have selected their participants for the contest:

  • Azerbaijan – Sevinc Beyaz
  • Bashkortostan – Zilia Bakhtieva
  • Belarus – Svetlana Agarval
  • Crimea (Russia) - Alseda Seydaliyev
  • Gagauzia – Yulia Arnaut
  • Germany – Seyran
  • Khakassia (Russia) – Irenek Khan
  • Latvia – Oksana Bilera
  • The Netherlands – Elcan
  • Romania - Sunay Ses (Sunai Giolacai)
  • Sweden – Arghavan – DirçəliÅŸ
  • Ukraine – Natalia Papazoglo

Source: TRK Millet

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.