Poland has confirmed that they will be participating in the Turkvision Song Contest 2017 this September in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Olga Shimanskaya lead singer of the group NAPOLI will be representing Poland on their first appearance in the Turkvision Song Contest. Olga will be performing the song “Masal gibi bu dunya” which translates as “This world is like a tale”. Poland had been due to compete in the 2016 contest which went on to be delayed and then cancelled.

Olga will be well known to fans of the Eurovision Song Contest having attempted to represent both Poland and Belarus in the contest. In 2016 Olga attempted to represent Poland in Stockholm, Sweden but finished last. This year saw Olga attempt to represent Belarus in Kyiv she finished fourth in the final with the song “Let’s Come Together”.

Polands confirmation of participation brings the number of countries and regions confirmed as participating in Astana to thirteen. It also brings the number of debuting nations and regions to six with; Latvia, Sweden, Moldova, Stavropol Krai and the Netherlands also confirmed as participating.

The list of confirmed participating countries and nations are:

  • Bashkortostan (Russian Federation)
  • Belarus
  • Crimea (Disputed territory)
  • Gagauzia (Moldova)
  • Germany
  • Kazakhstan – Host nation
  • Latvia
  • Moldova
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Stavropol Krai (Russian Federation)
  • Sweden
  • Ukraine

Source: Gunesh

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.