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Forum: Turkey wins FSC 142 with “Listen to Your Heart”!

With special thanks to FSC moderator aardvark for contributions to this article. Forum Song Contest 142 – December 2020 The 142nd edition of the Forum Song Contest took place during the month of December and was hosted in the Bulgarian city of Etropole. This was the second time that FSC came to Bulgaria following their victory in the previous edition, …

Remembering the Eurovision stars we lost in 2020 – Part One

As 2020 comes to a close, we remember and honor Eurovision stars, writers, and producers who passed away this year. Stars whose participation and performances provided so much joy to Eurovision fans at the contest and beyond. Due to the large amount of Eurovision notables who passed away this year, we had to split this article into two parts. Part …

Turkish composer Timur Selçuk Passes Away at Age 74

Renowned Turkish singer, pianist, composer, and conductor of Turkey’s first ever appearance at Eurovision in 1975, Timur Selçuk, has passed away at age 74. According to his wife, Handan Selçuk, the cause of death at this time is unknown as he had not reported or exhibited any health problems. A multi-talented musician, particularly in the polyphonic Turkish classical music tradition, …

EBU responds to the Turkish Head of TRT on controversial Eurovision comments

We previously reported statements made by the the of TRT, the Turkish National broadcaster. İbrahim Eren made controversial statements about the Eurovision Song Contest and its current leadership. He also provided several reasons on why Turkey hasn’t returned to the contest. Mr. Eren particularly criticized Conchita Wurst who represented Austria in 2014 and won the contest with “Rise like a Phoenix“.  …

Turkey to demolish Eurovision 2004 arena

[AdSense-B] The Turkish basketball federation delivered some news over the weekend that will bring a touch of sadness the Eurovision fans; the Abdi İpekçi Sports Hall that hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 is set to make way for a new, more modern development after 29 years of service to the people of Istanbul. The arena, one of the …

A History of Eurovision: 1066 to 1217

Whilst it is believed by many to have begun in 1956 in Switzerland, the Eurovision Song Contest has, in fact, existed in one form or another for a number of years. Recent research by Prof. A. Prillis from Valetta University has uncovered a surprising sequence of events throughout the ages. It seems that the contest can be traced as far …

Will 2017 finally be our record-breaking year?

Year after year and build-up after build-up for each Eurovision sees fans discussing whether a record number of participating countries will be present at the competition and every year we seem to fall short. But the signs this year seem promising with only a handful of the usual nations declining the EBU’s kind invitation to take part. With Turkey and …

Come Together: Country Flags available for download

The Swedish broadcaster SVT recently presented the theme art for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest yesterday. We at ESC United  understand how exciting it is to support your country (or your favorite song) so just as we did last year, we created Logo Flags for most European countries including all possible participants. And if you’re like me and live outside …

Why Turkey left the contest and more EBU drama on the way – ESC United Podcast

Matt and Adam are back with another edition of the ESC Podcast discussing the latest and greatest news, developments and general Eurovision related info. We are joined by our member Robert aka Lupus who is a new fan of the contest. The following topics were up for debate: –  Turkey is out again…why?!? – Minus One and Thomas G:SON for …

Turkey will not return to Eurovision in 2016

After some back and forth over the past few months, the Turkish broadcaster has announced that Turkey will not return to the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm. A screenshot has been floating around on several websites dedicated to the Song Contest with the following translation: Turkey decided to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013. TRT, the national …

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