Natalia Papazoglo has begun her preparations as the Ukrainian participant in the Turkvizyon Song Contest 2016 in Turkey this December.

Natalia who was selected to represent Ukraine at the Turkvizyon Song Contest 2016 has begun her preparations for this years contest in Turkey. The singer has today spoken about her reasons for competing in the contest. Natalia explained that she will be performing in the Gagauz language, this will be the third time Ukraine has been represented by a song performed in Gagauz.

Natalia stated that the reason behind her performing is her fathers ancestry. She stated that her farther’s side of the family are ethnically Gagauz and that he loves music and puts it all his great love, in his heart and his soul. The song she will perform in Turkey will be about the fact that you must believe in yourself despite everything that happens around you.

Natalia Papazoglo was selected to represent Ukraine in Turkey from four singers who took part in the audition round in Odessa. The audition round took place at the Hotel Atlantic with Olga Taushanzhi, Nikolay Cholak, Yuliya Mitioglo (Sister of Anna Mitioglo Turkvizyon 2015 participant) and Natalia Papazoglou taking to the stage. Natalia is already known to Ukrainian audiences having participated in the X-Factor Ukraine in 2015, making it to week six of the live shows, she finished fourth in the series.

Source: Natalia Papazoglo

The Turkvizyon Song Contest was first held in 2013 in the Turkish city of Eskisehir. The contest which is open to Turkic nations and regions such as Turkey, Kazakhstan and Yakutia. The contest follows a similar format to the Eurovision Song Contest, with songs limited to being 4 minutes long. To date Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have won the contest.