Moldova: To Debut in the Turkvision Song Contest?

Moldova is reported to be debuting in the Turkvision Song Contest, the country would be joining an ever-increasing list of countries debuting in this years contest.

According to VK reports Moldova may be participating in the Turkvision Song Contest 2016 in Turkey. The reports state that a delegation from Moldova is trying to submit a singer and song to compete in this years contest. Moldova to date has never participated in the Turkvision Song Contest, however Gagauzia which is an autonomous region of Moldova has competed annually since the first contest in 2013.

Should Moldova debut in this years contest they would be joining five other regions and countries in debuting at this years contest. Already announced as debuting in this years contest are:

  • Kumyk (Russian Federation)
  • Latvia
  • Netherlands
  • Stavropol Krai (Russian Federation)
  • Sweden

Also reportedly debuting in this years contest is Poland, however this has not yet been confirmed by contest organisers.

Moldova would not be the first country to compete in the contest while a region of it also competes in the contest. Ukraine participated in the 2013 contest alongside Crimea when the region was still under the control of Ukraine. Furthermore Russia was originally announced as participating in the contest alongside nine of its constituent regions, however Russia was dropped from the list of participating countries.

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
  • Khakassia (Russia) – Irenek Khan
  • Kumyk (Russia)
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia – Oksana Bilera – YakiÅŸiyor bize bu sevgi
  • The Netherlands – Elcan – Ana vatan
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Romania – Sunai Giolacai
  • Sandzak (Serbia)
  • Sweden – Arghavan – DirçəliÅŸ
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine – Natalia Papazoglo
  • Yakutia (Russia)

Source: VK

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.
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