ESC 2017: A (Pretend) Song For Turkey

Eurovision National Final season is over, leaving us with a yawning seven week gap that we fill in whatever way we can – meticulously reorganising our spreadsheets, planning our parties and getting ready to visit a Kyiv that may or may not be ready for us. 

For various reasons Turkey aren’t competing in this year’s Song Contest, but I’ve taken it upon myself to have a little bit of fun and imagine what sort of field that Turkey could have put together for a National Final this year.

Here’s the rules: the songs will be announced in this blogpost. You’ve then got until MIDNIGHT GMT (or until I get a good suggestion) on March 15th to submit an idea for the wildcard section in the comments. At midnight, a poll will open for you to vote for your favourite shortlisted song. One viewer, one vote. No heart apps here. Just justice.

On Friday evening we’ll have a 3 song super final with a live YouTube listening party in a chatroom.


Here’s the YouTube Playlist.

Yeter – Cenk Tasdemir

Fark Et – Ozge Arslan

Yan Benimle – Sila

Buraya Kadar – Kerim

Red Lipstick Murders – Seven Day Sleep

You Got It – Karmen

O La La – Sinan Cecili ft Ece Serkin

Manifesto – Sezen Aksu

It’s also available as a Spotify playlist.


Some of the songs are from this week’s Turkish Spotify chart, some of them are from the various Turkish themed ‘Edge of’ playlists that are algorithmically collated from new releases. I listened to a bunch of the songs and picked these ones that had a bit of an interesting hook to them or represented a particular genre. I’m sure that the shortlist could have done with a ballad, but I didn’t find one that really stuck with me. It’s 50% bangers instead.

SEND ME YOUR WILDCARDS at @listenoutsiders or in the comments on this post.

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