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Turkey’s representative to Eurovision hopes voting will be free of political influences

The representative of Turkey to the Eurovision Music Competition, Hadise Acikgoz declared on Saturday, during a press conference that she wished the voting in the competition would not be based on political criteria, and she expected to be voted for her performing skills, her song and the energy she would transmit on the stage in Moscow. “Eurovision offers great advantages for young people. I do not only think of myself, I am the representative of an entire nation and I will do my best to make them proud of me. I hope that people will send a message only if they like the song, the show and the energy I will transmit, and that the voting will not be influenced by the present political circumstances,” Hadise Acikgoz declared. The singer is presently on a promoting tour for her song “Crazy for You” (“Dum Tek Tek” in Turkish), a song she claims to have prepared especially for the European competition.

The Turkish artist mentioned that she will try to impress the audience and the jury of the Eurovision competition by her positive attitude, yet she refused to reveal any details of the performance she has created for Eurovision, simply announcing that it would be a surprise. The representative of Turkey will perform the song “Crazy for You” / “Dum Tek Tek” on the stage in Moscow, in the first semi-final of the competition, scheduled for May 12. The same evening will also include Elena Gheorghe’s performance and her song “Balkan Girls.” Of the 42 countries attending the Eurovision, twenty will be selected for May 16.

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