Khakassia has confirmed to Eurovoix World that they will not be competing in the Turkvision Song Contest 2016 despite having selected their participants.

German Tanbaev the Head of Delegation for Khakassia at the Turkvision Song Contest has confirmed that the region will not be taking part in this years contest. Khakassia had selected Irenek Khan to represent them in Turkey this December, but has now decided they will not be participating in the contest.

Mr Tanbaev has not given a reason as to why Khakassia has withdrawn from the contest, however the lack of communication from the organisers is thought to contribute heavily to this decision. Mr Tanbaev had informed Eurovoix World in the past weeks that a lack of information from the organisers regarding the Bala Turkvision Song Contest which had led him to decide against participating in this years contest.

Khakassia is the first region this year to announce that they will not be participating in the Turkvision Song Contest. Khakassia had been due to return to the contest this year following a normalising of relations between the Russian Federation and Turkey.

Confirmed as participating in this years contest are:

  • Azerbaijan – Sevinc Beyaz
  • Bashkortostan – Zilija Bakhtieva
  • Belarus – Svetlana Agarval
  • Crimea (Russia) – Alseda Seydaliyeva
  • Gagauzia – Yulia Arnaut
  • Germany – Seyran
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kumyk (Russia)
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia – Oksana Bilera – YakiÅŸiyor bize bu sevgi
  • Moldova - Polina Stefoglo
  • The Netherlands – Elcan – Ana vatan
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Romania – Sunai Giolacai
  • Sandzak (Serbia)
  • Sweden – Arghavan – DirçəliÅŸ
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine – Natalia Papazoglo
  • Yakutia (Russia)

Source: German Tanbaev

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.