Islam Bagirov, the co-ordinator of the Turkvision Song Contest has confirmed that the contest will continue despite legal challenges earlier this year.

Islam Bagirov confirmed on social media that the Turkvision Song Contest will be held again, despite a legal challenge to the contests format earlier this year. In a message to the largest Turkvision social media account, Mr Bagirov stated;

Dear friends and Turkic world admirers. Firstly I thank you all because you care this much about Türkvizyon and your excitement. I think and I am sure, we removed obstacles on Türkvizyon with your love. I’m revealing as an organiser, you will get information about Türkvizyon’s dates and place where Türkvizyon will be held. I want to share this great news with you and wish luck!
Holy God be with you!

Mr Bagirov has worked on the contest since it was first held in 2013 and continues as the Co-ordinator of the competition. During the course of the competition he has featured on juries at a number of national selections including in Bashkortostan (Russian Federation).

The Turkvision Song Contest was last held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2015. The contest was then cancelled in 2016 due to issues securing a suitable host city for the contest, following security issues in Turkey. In 2017 the contest was due to return to the stage, hosted in Kazakhstan in Astana as part of EXPO 2017. However the contest was later cancelled due to a legal challenge.


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