The Director General of RTV Novi Pazar has confirmed that Sandzak intends to compete in the Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest.

Mr Denis Mavric confirmed to Eurovoix-World.com that RTV Novi Pazar will be participating in both the Turkvizyon and Bala Turkvizyon Song Contests in 2016. Sandzak debuted in the Turkvizyon Song Contest in 2015 alongside Syria. The region of Serbia was represented by Almedin Varosanin, the singer was internally selected to represent the region with the song “Trag”. In the final of Turkvizyon 2015, Sandzak finished 15th out of 21 countries and regions scoring 140 points.

Sandzak is the 7th country/region to confirm their participation in the Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest 2016. They join Stavropol Krai in Russia in debuting in this years contest in Turkey. RTV Novi Pazar is expected to use an internal selection to select Sandzak’s representative in the Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest.

The Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest was first held in 2015 with a total of 13 countries and regions competing in Istanbul, Turkey. The first contest was won by Nuray Rahman and Ahmed Amirli from Azerbaijan, they performed the song “Cocukluk Yillari” scoring 115 points. Kazakhstan and Georgia rounded out the top three.

Confirmed as competing in the Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest 2016 are:

  • Azerbaijan – Selection underway
  • Belarus – Ruslana – Song unknown
  • Kazakhstan – Selection underway
  • Stavropol Krai – Madina Kartakeyva – Song unknown
  • Turkey – Host nation
  • Ukraine – Ljudmila Bazadzhi – Song unknown

Source: Denis Mavric