The first finalists in Can Dalgasinda the Turkvizyon 2016 selection process for Gagauzia have been announced by GRT.

GRT the national broadcaster of Gagauzia has revealed the first two names of the participants in the final of Can Dalgasinda. Auditions for the selection were held on July 27th in Gagauzia with singers having to be aged between 18 and 35 years old.

The two finalists named so far are:

  • Dimtriy Jelezoglu (Dima Zhelegozlo) – Dmitry has been singing since he was a young teenager and has experience having performed internationally including Kazakhstan. His most recent song “Seni sevardim” has had significant success on the radio in Gagauzia.
  • Mihail Telpiz – Mihail is from Ceadir-Lunga and has recently graduated from studying at the State Agricultural University of Moldova, he is not a well-known performer within Gagauzia.

The final of Can Dalgasinda is scheduled to take part in October 2016, with the winner going on to represent Gagauzia at Turkvizyon 2016.

Source: GRT

The Turkvizyon 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.