Discussions are underway in Turkey regarding Turkavision, the successor to the Turkvision Song Contest.

Furat Emir, the man behind the Turkavision Song Contest has held discussions this weekend in Ankara, Turkey regarding the new contest. Mr Emir met with a number of individuals including Serdar Tuğrul, the General Coordinator of the new contest, as well as Ferman Akgül the front man of the well known Turkish group maNGA.

No details have yet been revealed about the new Turkavision Song Contest. However it is broadly expected to follow the similar format to the now defunct Turkvision Song Contest.

What happened to Turkvision?

Mr Emir successfuly sued TRT, the Turkish national broadcaster regarding the rights to the Turkvision Song Contest. At the start of this year Mr Emir proved in court that the concept of the Turkvision/Turkvizyon Song Contest was his, having registered the concept of the Turkavision Song Contest in 2008.

During the summer Mr Emir contacted a number of websites to confirm that the Turkvision Song Contest 2017 would no longer be held. Instead the contest would be taken over as the Turkavision Song Contest with Serdar Tuğrul to be the new General Coordinator of the competition.

TMB TV the previous organisers of the Turkvision Song Contest had signed a contract with the Kazakh Government to host the 2017 contest in Astana, however the contract was voided as a result of the Turkish court ruling.

Who has previously participated in the Turkvision Song Contest?

Since the Turkvision Song Contest was first held a total of forty-two countries and regions have either participated or attempted to participate. Check out the full list of countries that have participated or attempted to participate in the contest since 2013:

  • Altai Republic – One appearance in 2013
  • Azerbaijan – Participated in every contest, won in 2013
  • Bashkortostan (Russian Federation) – Debuted in 2013, was unable to compete in 2015
  • Belarus – Debut in 2013, returned in 2015
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina – Participated in every contest
  • Bulgaria – Debuted in 2014
  • Chuvashia (Russian Federation) – Was due to compete in 2013 but withdrew
  • Crimea (Disputed Territory) – Debuted in 2013, was unable to compete in 2015
  • Dagestan (Russian Federation) – Due to compete in 2015 but forced to withdraw
  • Gagauzia (Moldova) – Participated in every contest
  • Georgia – Participated in every contest
  • Germany – Debuted in 2014
Iran

Iran performing on their debut in 2014

  • Iran – Debuted in 2014
  • Iraq – Participated in every contest
  • Kabardino-Balkaria (Russian Federation) – Debuted in 2013, jointly participates with Karachay-Cherkessia
  • Karachay-Cherkessia (Russian Federation) – Debuted in 2013, jointly participates with Kabarindo-Balkaria
  • Kazakhstan – Debuted in 2013, won in 2014
  • Kemerovo (Russian Federation) – Competed once at the 2013 contest
  • Khakassia (Russian Federation) – Debuted in 2013, was unable to compete in 2015
  • Kosovo – Debuted in 2013, returned to the contest in 2015
  • Kumyk – Was due to debut in 2015 but was unable to
  • Kyrgyzstan – Debuted in 2013, won the competition in 2015
  • Latvia – Set to debut at this years contest in Astana
Macedonia

Macedonia’s best result in the competition came in 2015

  • Macedonia – Debuted in 2013, competed in every contest to date
  • Moldova – Set to debut at this years contest in Astana
  • Moscow – Debuted in 2014, was unable to compete in 2015
  • Netherlands – Set to debut at this years contest in Astana
  • Northern Cyprus – Debuted in 2013, returned to the contest in 2015
  • Poland – Set to debut at this years contest in Astana
  • Romania – Debuted in 2013, competed in every contest to date
  • Sandzak (Serbia) – Debuted in 2015
  • Stavropol Krai (Russian Federation) – Set to debut at this years contest in Astana
  • Sweden – Set to debut at this years contest in Astana
Turkmenistan Turkvision 2014

Turkmenistan made their only appearance to date in 2014

  • Syria – Debuted at the contest in 2015
  • Tatarstan (Russian Federation) – Debuted in 2013, hosted the competition in 2014, was unable to compete in 2015
  • Turkey – Host nation of the first contest, has participated in every contest
  • Turkmenistan – Debuted in 2014, has only made one appearance to date
  • Tuva (Russian Federation) – Debuted in 2013, was unable to participate in 2015
  • Ukraine – Debuted in 2013, has participated in every contest to date
  • Uzbekistan – Debuted in 2013, has participated in every contest to date
  • Xinjiang (China) – Was due to compete in 2013 but withdrew before the contest
  • Yakutia (Russian Federation) – Debuted in 2013, was unable to participate in 2015

Source: Furat Emir