Zuleyha Kakayeva who represented Turkmenistan at the Turkvision Song Contest 2014 has won the television contest “Star of the Year”.

Zuleyha Kakayeva has been selected Star of the Year winning a competition organised by the national broadcaster of Turkmenistan and decided by the public of the country. The competition focuses on young singers from across all of Turkmenistan’s five provinces.

Zuleyha took part in the qualifying rounds for the contest alongside over 150 young artists from across Turkmenistan, she made it through to the televised final with nine other artists. During the final each singer had to perform two songs, then the public voted via SMS for their Star of the Year. Runners up in the competition were LeyliOkdirova and MerdanNurgilicov.

The competition was organised by Star of the Year, Turkmenistan Ministry of Culture, the Central Council of the Mahtumkuli Youth Organization and Turkmen State Television. This was the eighth year that Star of the Year has been organised by Turkmen State Television.

Source: Atavatan Turkmenistan

To date Turkmenistan has participated in the Turkvision Song Contest on one occasion. The country was a last-minute addition to the 2014 contest in Kazan, Tatarstan. Zuleyha Kakayeva performed the song “Shikga-Shikga bilerzik” at the competition. Zuleyha went on to finish 5th in the final scoring a total of 192 points including the maximum of 10 points from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Iraq, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The country was meant to host the 2015 contest, however the right to host was taken from Turkmenistan in September of 2015 and Turkey hosted the contest instead.