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A hearty welcome to all participants and guests to the 143rd edition of the Forum Song Contest in January 2021.

The theme for this edition is: Cappadocia - Where the Impossible Meets Earth.


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This is our 4th visit to Turkey, and we have come here due to Turkey's victory in FSC #142 with Mustafa Avşaroğlu performing his composition "Listen To Your Heart".

Let us enjoy a reprise of that stunning performance:



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Our Host location for this FSC-edition is Göreme, Turkey.

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Göreme is a small town in the Nevşehir Province in Central Anatolia in Turkey. It also lies within the historical region of Cappadocia. It has a population of about 2000 people. The town is centered in the middle of an internationally popular region that is best known for its natural rock formations, often called "fairy chimneys". As the most attractive settlement of the region, Göreme is an unsurpassed example of the harmony of man and nature. People still live in the rock houses or use them as storerooms today, displaying an immense reverence for volcanic earth and history. The village of Göreme not only has rock houses, but also rock restaurants and rock hotels which all visitors find amazing. The natural boundaries of the city are drawn by the high rocks surrounding it and the fairy chimneys within; it's a place that offers unbelievable natural treasures. Göreme is most well known for tourism offerings such as Hot Air Baloon rides, ATV rentals and tours, and guided regional tour buses.

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Cappadocia - Where the Impossible Meets Earth

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Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Other notables sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.

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Cappadocia is a historical region of Turkey, lying in Central Anatolia, in the heartland of Turkey. The area is a popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic, and cultural features. The rocks of Cappadocia near Göreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. People of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out houses, churches and monasteries from the soft rocks of volcanic deposits.

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The History of Cappadocia goes back to the late Bronze age, when it was the homeland of the Hittite Empire centred at Hattuza. After the fall of the Hittite Empire, the region fell under a sort of feudal aristocracy, which eventually came under the rule of the Persian Empire under King Darius, but retained its local rulers. After Alexander the Great ended the Persian Empire, the area became part of his empire, but under the rule of Persian aristocrats.

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During the Roman era, the area became home to Christians retreating from Rome. Christianity prevailed as the primary religion in the region, which is evident from many rock churches that can still be seen today. The Christians remained until the Arab raids of the 6th and 7th centuries. During this time many fortifications were built, and the population receded into the caves. Finally, after 1071 various Turkish clans under Seljuk leadership began settling in the area, and most of the population converted to Islam, with the remainder becoming the Cappadocian Greek population.

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By the 15th century Cappadocia had become part of the Ottoman Empire, where it remained for several centuries, and today it forms part of the modern state of Turkey. In the early 18th century, a new urban centre, Nevşehir was founded as regional capital, a role it serves until today. In 1985, the Göreme National Park and the Rock sites of Cappadocia was inscribed in the Unesco list of World Heritage Sites.

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Today, the area is a popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic, and cultural features. Around Göreme, several rock-hewn churces and the fairy chimneys can be seen. Historical mansions and cave houses can also be seen, and there are underground cities at Kaymakli, Derinkuyu and Ozkonak, among others.

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One of the most popular activities in Cappadocia is hot air ballooning to view the surrounding landscape and rock formations, available from Göreme. Trekking and hiking is also popular, and ATV's are available for hire as another great way of touring the surrounding area. The area also boasts several cave hotels for another other-worldy experience.

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The Fairy Chimneys, the rock formations that have made Cappadocia one of the most popular destinations in Turkey emerged due to a geological process that began millions of years ago. Ancient volcanic eruptions blanketed the region in thick ash, which later solidified into a soft rock called ‘tuff’. When the natural forces of wind and water (erosion) did their work, only the harder elements were left behind to form the ‘fairy chimneys’ that can be seen today, stretching as far as 130 feet into the sky.

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Our Host Venue for this magical FSC-Edition is the Göreme Open Air Museum.

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The Göreme Open-Air Museum resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church. It is obviously the first sight to be visited by any traveler in Cappadocia, standing as it does in the very center of the region with easy access from all directions. It is only 15 minutes walk (1.5km, 1 mile) from Göreme village center. It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness. It also presents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique. It is within the open spaces of this Open-Air Museum that we will enjoy the entries of this edition, surrounded by the extraordinary landscape and natural beauty.


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Our gracious hosts for this edition are Demet Evgar and Çağatay Ulusoy.

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Demet Evgar, born 18 May 1980, in Manisa, Turkey, is a Turkish actress known for her roles in feature films and TV series. She also pursues an active career as an actress in theatre where she had made her debut. She has founded theatre institutions such as "Pangar", "Hata Yapım Atölyesi", "Müşterek", "Multi Arts Production". She won "Best Comedy TV Series Actress" at the 37th Golden Butterfly Awards in 2010, and "Best Actress in Comedy" at the 23rd Sadri Alisik Theater And Cinema Awards in 2018. In 2018 she was chosen "Woman of the Year" by GQ Turkey.

Çağatay Ulusoy, born 23 September 1990 in Itsanbul, Turkey, is a Turkish actor and model who started his acting career in the TV series Adını Feriha Koydum (2011–2012) as Emir Sarrafoğlu. Since then, he has had further lead roles in Medcezir (2013–2015), a remake of the television series The O.C., in the TV series İçerde and since 2018 he plays the lead role in the first Turkish Netflix series The Protector. In 2016 year he became the face of "Colin's" in Turkey and with Victoria's Secret model Taylor Hill acted in the commercial Bize Uyar for the company.


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To initiate the proceedings and set the mood for this edition, we have 2 international opening acts for your entertainment.

Firstly, from Poland, please welcome ever popular Cleo performing Na Pół:


Our second artist, coming all the way from Taiwan, is former FSC participant Jam Hsiao, performing SA-HAH:




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And now it is time to introduce the first half of the participants of FSC #143. Let the show begin!





















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Let's take a little break, and enjoy our interval acts. Tonight we have 2 Turkish artists to entertain us.

First up is CAFI feat. Ayla performing Sari Gelin:



And next up is Can Atilla with Cariyeler ve Geceler:




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Let us return to show for the second half of entrants:





















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And to conclude the evening, we have two closing acts lined up for you.

Firstly, please welcome Felix Sandman and Benjamin Ingrosso from Sweden, performing Happy Thoughts:



And finally, here is Italian bad boy and extravagant performer Achille Lauro with C'est la Vie:




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And that concludes the 143rd edition of FSC.

We will now observe the 7 day Evaluation period. During this period, if you suspect any entry of being in violation of the FSC rules, please report it to one of the FSC Moderators. No discussions in this regard are to had in the public FSC Forums.

After completion of the Evaluation Period, the Voting Deadline and Voting Procedure will be announced by the Vote Collector.

Have fun in Göreme and good luck to all participants!
 
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Kapadokya xheart wonderland!
Great job @aardvark ! Banners look amazing! Well done! xheart
I hope we will have enough time to visit Topkapi palace! xyaay
 

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Gorgeous host city, awesome banners. @aardvark It took a lot of work and it gloriously paid off xup

I hope 2021 will be as great as this edition. I have 20 faves xheya
 

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Amazing banners, well done! xclapAlso amazing pictures of Turkey, I definitely want to visit that beautiful country. xlove
 

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:no: For January 2021 Norway brings you a beautiful new Christmas song - in Norwegian Christmas hymn tradition - performed in the Norwegian language! xup Performers of “Sagnet om julerosen”, and returning to the FSC for Norway after 9 months, are Secret Garden and this time with the Norwegian singer Cathrine Iversen on vocals. This is a song taken from their recent Christmas album and is a fitting entry to begin this New FSC Year. For more information and promotion of the entry (including lyrics in Norwegian and a translation into English) please check out the FSC Norway-thread and/or the FSC Promotions-thread! Hope you’ll enjoy it!

Great Show, @aardvark - Happy New FSC Year 2021, everyone - Good luck to all entries this month - and remember as always, stay healthy and safe!
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Great job with the show @aardvark xcheer

Never been to Turkey, I always wanted to visit Istanbul so it's on my "to do" list, and also this place looks really amazing so have to add it to the list as well! (y)
 
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The evaluation period has ended, and you may now begin to send your votes for this edition. You can send in your votes either directly to me by PM, or by posting them in your Country's Private Forum.

Please make sure to send in your complete vote before the deadline:

Tuesday, January 26 @ 23:59 CET

No late votes will be accepted once the deadline has passed!

Votes Received (36/36):
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This month is full of songs that I'd rate from 6/10 to 7.5/10 and no stand outs, at least in first listening. I only eliminated about 10 songs, and iirc none of them was below 5/10, I didn't dislike anything. But honestly I have no idea what I'll vote for because the remaining songs are almost all in the same level for me.
 
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