Even though Turkey has not competed in Eurovision since 2012, Eurovision fans have listened to Turkish entries a lot. After our “Turkey’s 10 Best Songs at Eurovision” list, this time, we will not mention good entries. We focused on the worst entries of Turkey.
10. 2011 – Yüksek Sadakat – Live It Up
TRT that took second place with maNga in 2010, preferred to participate with a rock group once again, although the name Atiye was ahead in the polls. However, this time we couldn’t find what we hoped and Turkey didn’t qualify for the grand final for the first time since 2004 when the semi-finals were launched. When we come to the song, we encounter a bad English accent, a simple show, a bad choice of clothes, and an unfavorable vocal performance. Therefore, not being able to make it to the grand final was an inevitable result.
9. 2005 – Gülseren – Rimi Rimi Ley
After the first place with Sertap Erener in 2003 and the fourth place with Athena in our home, TRT decided to organize a national final in 2005, but the national final was not as expected. Besides the poor quality of the songs, the format of the voting system was changed just as only jury voting because the national final was watched less than PopStar Turkey. I have to admit out of all the awful songs, it wasn’t difficult for Rimi Rimi Ley to shine. And she won the right to represent Turkey at Eurovision. On the Eurovision stage, although some people liked the ethnic atmosphere of the song, the badness of the clothes and the capacity of the song was only enough to be 13th with the influence of the diaspora.
8. 2002 – Buket Bengisu & Grup Safir – Leylaklar Soldu Kalbinde
Leylaklar Soldu Kalbinde which competed a year before Turkey won the first and only victory in its Eurovision history, the song did not have much of a positive trait other than being part of it in English, and due to exaggerated makeup, bad English accent, poor backing vocal, it only got 29 points and placed 16th.
7. 1992 – Aylin Vatankoş – Yaz Bitti
Unfortunately, the evolution of Turkish pop music in the nineties was not reflected in Eurovision. And, It had become a platform that is full of amateur singers for Turkey. In 1992, for the first time, the televoting system was used for the Turkish National Final. Aylin Vatankoş and her team won the national final and qualified to represent Turkey in Eurovision. With its dim and mediocre structure, the song, which was obvious from the very beginning to take place in the bottom ranks, was as expected and ranked 19th with 17 points.
6. 1978 – Nilüfer & Grup Nazar – Sevince
In 1975, Semiha Yankı with ”Seninle Bir Dakika” ranked the last place with only three points. Because of this bad result, Turkey withdrew from the competition between 1976 and 1977. Turkey came back to Eurovision 1978 with ”Sevince”, which won the national final. Although lessons were taken from 1975 and attention was paid to matters such as clothing, because the song was insufficient, the desired result did not come, and we were able to take only 2 points and rank one place above Norway with 0 points.
5. 1981 – Modern Folk Üçlüsü ve Ayşegül Aldinç – Dönme Dolap
A national final was held in TRT’s Istanbul Studios and the jury chose a song called ”Dönme Dolap” which sung by Modern Folklor Üçlüsü and Zerrin Özer. However, when Zerrin Özer gave up participating in the final at the last minute, Ayşegül Aldinç was replaced. Thus, Turkey was represented by Modern Folklor Üçlüsü and Ayşegül Aldinç. Although Ayşegül Aldinçin’s voice was admired by Europeans in the competition, she got a bad ranking due to the pessimism and boringness of the song. They ranked eighteenth with 9 points.
4. 2001 – Sedat Yüce – Sevgiliye Son
Despite Sedat Yüce’s good vocal performance, he only received points from countries that Turkish people live mostly and he finished the competition in eleventh place with 41 points. After the competition, Sedat Yüce joined The Voice Of Turkey and no one turned to him and nobody recognized him.
3. 1982 – Neco – Hani
Neco, who won the national final organized by TRT in 1982, participated in the contest with his song “Hani”. When asked about the name of the song, he made the following statement:
”The name of our song, Hani, will come to mind with the word –Honey- (Honey) in English on the stage, which will strengthen the winning probability of our song.”
Aside from the song being fun, it wasn’t liked and it ended up being 15th, far from what Neco had expected.
2. 1991 – Burak Aydos – Esmer Yarim
For Turkey, as I mentioned earlier, Eurovision had become a platform for the participation of amateur singers in the nineties, and Burak Aydos was one of them. Burak Aydos and his song “Esmer Yarim” won the national final with a strange voting system and low participation. He performed in the Eurovision scene with her funny and bad looking sunglasses and strange movements. The song finished the competition in twenty-first place. With this result, Turkey was not able to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 because of relegation.
1. 1983 – Çetin Alp & Kısa Dalga – Opera
Because it was a song that takes Turkey’s first zero points in the competition, ”Opera” is still today an unforgettable song. TRT assigned Çetin Alper for Eurovision 1983 after the bad results. Our country first tried its luck with songs that evoke English words, and when he did not have it, he acted like a European as the last chance. Our song was found ridiculous and funny by the jury, so it could not get any points.