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2013-11-09 (Saturday)

After a meeting in Istanbul between Ibrahim Sahin (the general director of TRT) and Jean-Paul Philippot (the head of EBU), TRT announced that Turkey won’t participate in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. However, if some changes are made regarding the 50/50 voting system and the direct qualification of the Big Five, Turkey could be back in 2015. (Source:

Anette: OK, it’s a little bit sad that we won’t be hearing a Turkish entry in ESC 2014 but it’s their own choice. They are welcome back when they can accept the rules and the sooner the better. 🙂

Read more about Turkey in the 2014 Eurovison Song Contest (and watch their last five Eurovision entries) here.