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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Runner-up: Turkey 2010

For almost thirty years Turkey had been the given loser at Eurovision. They kept entering original, ethnic, interesting, inspired entries, often breaking out of the typical mold and it never seemed to pay off.

Regardless what they came up with, Turkey almost always ended in the bottom half. Not seldom in the bottom five. Then came Sertab Erener and hit the ESC like a flash from a clear blue sky. Nothing would ever be the same again.

Suddenly Turkey had turned into a top player that more often than not made its way into the top ten. Helped by a heavily televoting diaspora perhaps, but that's not the whole truth. Turkey had turned into a credible contender, a country people would happily vote for.

Still original, this is energetic and melodic rock - a genre that used to fare as badly in eurovision as the average Turkish entry, but now it seemed the Turks were the kings of everything.

How wrong can you be? Only two years later, TRT was to pull out of the ESC and are yet to be seen again.

A deserved 2nd place?
Yes. Brave, ambitious and not your typical eurosong. Very well done.

Manga - We Could Be The Same (Turkey 2010)


  1. This song works extremely well as a ring tone.

  2. This is one of my all-time favorite Eurovision entries, from the year that turned Eurovision from an enjoyable annual evening to an all-year-long obsession