Natalia Papazoglo who is represented Ukraine at the Turkvision Song Contest 2016 has discussed her preparations for the song she will be performing.

In a post on VK the singer confirmed that she will be performing in Gagauz, with the lyrics being translated by Lyudmila Bazadzhi. Natalia spoke of the challenges of selecting a song to performing at the contest. She stated that it all starts with an idea, then questions begin about the content of the song, its character, style and sound, novelty. Natalia added that the message of her song will be “that we must believe in yourself no matter what!”.

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: VK

The Turkvision 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.