Turkey

Turkey was – with a few interruptions – a part of Eurovision between 1975 and 2012. Globally speaking one could say that their start was rather bad (with a last place at their debut and a place in the top ten only after nine years) and that the end was pretty good (Turkey almost continuously qualified for the final, there were a lot of top ten rankings and there was even a beautiful second place for maNga in 2010).

In between all of this there is one sole Turkish victory: in 2003 Serteb Erener sang her Everyway that I can to a brilliant first place.

Turkey has always been a capricious contestant. Sometimes politics played a part, like it did in the seventies when because of the conflict with Greece the Turkish did not want to be seen on the same stage with Greeks, or in 1979, when the festival was held in Israel and Turkey withdraw under pressure from neighbouring countries. After 2012 Turkey called it quits. Dissatisfaction with the fact that the running order would be chosen by producers seems to be the main reason, but this is not totally clear. Moreover Turkey is still a part of the European Broadcasting Union and therefore could choose to take part again without any problems.

(T: Inès Verstraete)

Performance

Entries 34
Average Performance 43.7%

Entries

Baku 2012
Can Bonomo — Love me back
(Can Bonomo)
7th
112
Düsseldorf 2011
Yüksek Sadakat — Live it up
(Kutlu Özmakinaci/Ergün Arsal)
13th
47
Oslo 2010
maNga — We could be the same
(maNga/Evren Özdemir/Fiona Movery Akıncı)
2nd
170
Moscow 2009
Hadise — Düm tek tek
(Sinan Akçıl/Hadise Açıkgöz/Stefaan Fernande)
4th
177
Belgrade 2008
Mor ve Ötesi — Deli
(Mor ve Ötesi)
7th
138
Helsinki 2007
Kenan Dogulu — Shake it up shekerim
(Kenan Dogulu)
4th
163
Athens 2006
Sibel Tüzün — Süper star
(Sibel Tüzün)
11th
91
Kyiv 2005
Gülseren — Rimi rimi ley
(Erdinç Tunç/Göksan Arman)
13th
92
Istanbul 2004
Athena — For real
(Gökhan Özoğuz/Hakan Özoğuz)
4th
195
Riga 2003
Sertab Erener — Everyway that I can
(Sertab Erener/Demir Demirkan)
1st
167
Tallinn 2002
Buket Bengisu & Saphire — Leylaklar soldu kalbinde
(Fani Hodara/Sami Hodara/Figen Çakmak)
16th
29
Copenhagen 2001
Sedat Yüce — Sevgiliye son
(Nurdan Güneri/Figen Çakmak/Semih Güneri)
11th
41
Stockholm 2000
Pınar Ayhan & The SOS — Yorgunum anla
(Sühan Ayhan/Pınar Ayhan/Orkun Yazgan)
10th
59
Jerusalem 1999
Tuğba Önal & Grup Mistik — Dön Artık
(Erdinç Tunç/Canan Tunç)
16th
21
Birmingham 1998
Tüzmen — Unutamazsın
(Erdinç Tunç/Canan Tunç)
14th
25
Dublin 1997
Şebnem Paker & Grup Etnic — Dinle
(Levent Çoker/Mehtap Alnıtemiz)
3rd
121
Oslo 1996
Şebnem Paker — Beşinci mevsim
(Levent Çoker/Selma Çuhacı)
12th
57
Dublin 1995
Arze Ece — Sev!
(Melih Kibar/Zeynep Talu Kurşuncu)
16th
21
Millstreet 1993
Burak Aydos — Esmer Yarim
(Burak Aydos)
21st
10
Malmö 1992
Aylin Vatankoş — Yaz bitti
(Aldoğan Şimşekyay/Aylin Uçanlar)
19th
17
Rome 1991
İzel Çeliköz, Reyhan Karaca & Can Uğurluer — İki Dakika
(Şevket Uğurluer/Aysel Gürel)
12th
44
Zagreb 1990
Kayahan — Gözlerinin hapsindeyim
(Kayahan)
17th
21
Lausanne 1989
Pan — Bana bana
(Timur Selçuk)
21st
5
Dublin 1988
MFÖ — Sufi (hey ya hey)
(Mazhar Alanson/Fuat Güner/Özkan Uğur)
15th
37
Brussels 1987
Seyyal Taner & Lokomotif — Şarkım sevgi üstüne
(Olcayto Ahmet Tuğsuz)
22nd
0
Bergen 1986
Klips ve Onlar — Halley
(Melih Kibar/İlhan İrem)
9th
53
Gothenburg 1985
MFÖ — Didai didai dai
(Mazhar Alanson/Fuat Güner/Özkan Uğur)
14th
36
Luxembourg 1984
Beş Yıl Önce, On Yıl Sonra — Halay
(Selçuk Başar/Ülkü Aker)
12th
37
Munich 1983
Çetin Alp & the Short Waves — Opera
(Buğra Uğur/Aysel Gürel)
19th
0
Harrogate 1982
Neço — Hani?
(Olcayto Ahmet Tuğsuz/Faik Tuğsuz)
15th
20
Dublin 1981
Modern Folk Trio and Aysegül — Dönme dolap
(Ali Kocatepe)
18th
9
The Hague 1980
Ajda Pekkan — Pet'r oil
(Atilla Özdemiroğlu/Sanar Yurdatapan)
15th
23
Paris 1978
Nazar — Sevinçe
(Dağhan Baydur/Onno Tunç/Hulki Aktunç)
18th
2
Stockholm 1975
Semiha Yankı — Seninle bir dakika
(Kemal Ebcioğlu/Hikmet Münir Ebcioğlu)
19th
3

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