Kosovo could participate in the Turkvision Song Contest 2017, despite the host nation Kazakhstan not recognising their independence.

Kosovo could for the first time ever compete in a Turkvision Song Contest which is held outside of Turkey. The country gained independence from Serbia in 2008 is recognised by 110 countries across the world. However Kazakhstan along with 14 other countries competing in the Turkvision Song Contest, do not recognise Kosovo as a sovereign state.

However citizens of Kosovo can travel to Kazakhstan if they have a valid visa. The country’s participation in the Turkvision Song Contest has always been troublesome due to the lack of widespread recognition of it as an independent country. In 2014 they did not participate in the Turkvision Song Contest which was held in Kazan in Russia. At the time Kosovo alongside Northern Cyprus were unable to compete due to a lack of recognition for their nations.

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.

The Turkvision Song Contest 2017 is behind held in Astana, Kazakhstan later this year. To date fourteen countries and regions have selected a singer to compete in the contest, while another eight countries and regions have expressed an interest in participating.

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.