The Albanian and Kosovar media are reporting that Leonora Jakupi will be representing Kosovo at the Turkvision Song Contest 2018 in Turkey.
Regional media is reporting that 39 year old Leonora Jakupi will be representing Kosovo at this years Turkvision Song Contest in Turkey. According to the reports the singer has been selected to represent Kosovo, but the song that she will perform has yet to be announced. Leonora Jakupi and the organisers of the competition have not confirmed the information.
Leonora Jakupi has been performing since 1998 when she released “A vritet pafajsia?” (Can innocence be killed?) which was dedicated to her father and others who were killed in the Kosovo War. Despite her roots in traditional music, since the late 00s she has been working on a more modern sound, with her most recent songs being listened to by millions of people.
Following the Turkvision Song Contest 2015, Resit Ismet who was the Head of Delegation for the country stated his wish for state support for participation in the competition. Mr Ismet stated at the time that the countries participation in Istanbul was entirely funded by himself, he argues that the competition offers a chance to showcase the country’s talent.
Kosovo debuted in the Turkvision Song Contest in 2013. The contest which was held in Turkey saw Kosovo represented by Ergin Karahasan with the song “Su Prizen”. Ergin qualified for the final but finished last out of 12 participants scoring 151 points, an average of 6.56 points per country. Kosovo did not compete in the 2014 contest in Kazan, Tatarstan but returned again in 2015. At the 2015 Tolga Kazaz performed “Sevmek gunah midir”, he finished 14th scoring 141 points in the final.
The Turkvision Song Contest was last held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2015. The contest was then cancelled in 2016 due to issues securing a suitable host city for the contest, following security issues in Turkey. In 2017 the contest was due to return to the stage, hosted in Kazakhstan in Astana as part of EXPO 2017. However the contest was later cancelled due to a legal challenge.