Khakassia will be selecting their participant in the Turkvizyon Song Contest 2016 on October 22.

German Tanbaev the man behind Khakassia’s participation in the Turkvizyon Song Contest has confirmed that the selection will be held on October 21 to October 22. Mr Tanbaev earlier this month confirmed the return to Khakassia to the contest to Eurovoix-World.com.

Khakassia was one of the original 24 countries and regions to compete in the first edition of the Turkvizyon Song Contest in 2013. They were represented by Vladimir Dorju but failed to qualify for the final. In 2014 they were then represented by Sayana Saburova with the song “Alzhaas”, she finished 22nd in the semi final with 148 points, they received the maximum of 10 points from Kyrgyzstan.

In 2015 Sayana Saburova was selected to represent Khakassia again at the contest in Istanbul. She was due to perform alongside Olga Vasilyeva, however Khakassia were forced to withdraw from the contest. Khakassia has not yet announced whether they will be participating in the Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest 2016.

To date a total of 19 countries and regions have stated their interest in participating in the Turkvizyon Song Contest 2016. This includes the returns of the Russian regions to the Turkvizyon Song Contest, as well as the planned debuts of Dagestan and Stavropol Krai.

Source: German Tanbaev

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.