The Mayor of Antalya has stated to the Turkish press that the Turkvizyon Song Contest 2016 is to be held in the city.

The Mayor of the city of Antalya, Menderes Türel has stated in an interview with Sabah that Antalya will be hosting this years Turkvizyon Song Contest. Mr Türel was talking to the Turkish newspaper regarding the end of EXPO 2016 in the city and the events that are coming up later this year. Mr Türel stated that:

Another version of the Eurovision, Türkovizyon (Türkvizyon) is going to be held.

This is the first time that a potential host city of the Turkvizyon Song Contest 2016 has been reported in the Turkish media. In September it was reported by Gagauz media that this years contest would be held in the Turkish Capital, Ankara. This followed an announcement in July in the Ukrainian press that Istanbul would be hosting for a second year.

To date TMB TV the organisers of this years contest have not stated any information publicly about the contest since April. At the time no information was released by the broadcaster regarding the host city of this years contest. We however understand that as of the middle of September discussions were underway between TMB TV and the Turkish Government about potential host cities.

Currently the following broadcasters and delegations have stated their intention to compete in Turkvizyon 2016 to Eurovoix-World:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Crimea (Russian Federation)
  • Gagauzia
  • Germany
  • Kazakhstan
  • Khakassia (Russian Federation)
  • Kumyk (Russian Federation)
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Sandzak (Serbia)
  • Stavropol Krai (Russian Federation)
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Yakutia (Russian Federation)

Source: Sabah