Turkey’s broadcaster TRT indicated that the country may not return to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The country has been quite successful in the last decade which included a victory in 2003 as well as six additional Top 10 placings. However Turkey unexpectedly withdrew from the contest citing dissatisfaction with the introduction of a mixed jury/televote voting system and the current status of the “Big Five”.
Based on their most recent statements their position has not changed and according to Ibrahim Sahin unless the EBU gets rid of the Big 5 as well as the juries, Turkey will not be in Copenhagen. “Five countries directly entering the grand final in this competition is unfair. If this system continues, we will not take part”. The statement continues “”We are waiting for changes to the current voting system before a final decision is reached. Time is not over yet however, there is still a chance we can participate next year”
Whether or not Turkey will follow through with it remains to be seen but considering their most recent actions it wouldn’t come as surprise. With one of the best track records in the recent past, the sudden attitude change towards to contest came as a surprise and a lot of fans from Turkey and abroad are upset by the broadcaster’s attitude. The social media is already buzzing and it’s expected to get only worse closer to the deadline.
The readers for ESC United recently discussed the Big 5 situation which can be found HERE
The EBU has not officially responded to the Turkish demands but it is unlikely that they will comply with either of the two requests.
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