Islam Satyrov who will represent Stavropol Krai at Turkvision 2017 has begun rehearsing for this years competition.

Islam Satyrov has begun his preparations for representing the region of Stavropol Krai at the Turkvision Song Contest 2017. The singer will be representing the Nogai ethnic group at next years contest but will be competing under the region of Stavropol Krai. Islam is currently working on producing his first album which is planned to be released in the Spring of 2017, plans are underway for a tour once the album is released.

The talented singer had been selected to represent Stavropol Krai on their debut in the Turkvision Song Contest in 2015. At the time Islam spoke of his pride in representing the Nogai people at the contest, on stage in Istanbul he had planned to be joined by his two brother as he performed the song “Tuvgan erym” (Native Land). Islam was forced to withdraw from the contest following breakdown in the foreign relations between the Russian Federation and Turkey.

The host city and dates of the Turkvision Song Contest 2017 have not yet been announced. We understand that the contest is likely to be held this March, however this has yet to be confirmed by the contests organisers. The 2016 contest which was due to be held in December was delayed due to a number of unspecified factors. The Turkivision Song Contest was first held in 2013 and is an international song contest styled upon that of the Eurovision Song Contest. All of the participating nations and regions have Turkic links.

Stavropol Krai was one of two Russian regions planning to participate in the Turkvision Song Contest in 2015. The region participates on behalf of the Nogai ethnic group which numbers around 128,000 of which around 104,000 live within the Russian Federation. Islam Satyrov was selected to represent the region in 2015, however was forced to withdraw due to a break in relations between Russia and Turkey. The region is due to participate in the next edition of the Turkvision Song Contest.