Introducing 2010: Turkey

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 39 entries in random order. Part thirty-eight of the series is dedicated to the Turkish entry.

Basic information

Performers: maNga
Song: We could be the same
Language: English
Music: maNga
Lyrics: Evren Özdemir, maNga, Fiona Movery Akıncı
Draw: 17th in the second semi final

The song

We could be the same is an up-tempo pop/rock song featuring various different styles. About the lyrics, the band has stated that they expected the listeners to find out what the song means. However, they revealed that the message of the song is the quest for a peaceful world where people live with love and faith:

I've seen you dancing like a star
No matter how different we are

For all this time
I've been loving you
Don't even know your name
For just one night
We could be the same

The performers/The songwriters

maNga was founded in 2001. Having played mostly smaller venues over a while, they came into the spotlight after finishing second in a music contest. Their eponymous debut album was relased in 2004 and became a major success achieving gold status for sales exceeding 100,000 copies. Their song Dursun zaman, a duet with singer Göksel, was included on the soundtrack of the 2006 film Sınav and the re-release of their first album. maNga's second studio album Å�ehr-i hüzün was released in 2009 and it spawned the three hit singles Dünyanın sonuna doÄ�muÅ�um (no. 1 in Turkey), Beni benimle bırak and Cevapsız sorular.

maNga currently consists of Ferman Akgül (vocals), Özgür Can Öney (drums), Efe Yılmaz (turntable), Cem Bahtiyar (bass guitar) and YaÄ�mur Sarıgül (guitar). They were invited to represent Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and their song We could be the same was officially presented during a special press conference.

The national selection

For the fifth year in a row, Turkey selected both song and performer internally. However, the decision was based on suggestions by the public as submitted to the broadcaster. maNga were announced as representatives and their song We could be the same was officially presented during a press conference, which was also broadcast on TV.

Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest

Turkey entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1975 and finished last on its debut. Also, over the following years the country was not very succesful and it was not before 1986 that the first top ten placing was achieved. However, it turned in 1997 when Turkey finished third. A victory in 2003 followed as well as fourth places in 2004, 2007 and 2009.

Türkiye ve MaNga'ya Oslo'da iyi Å�anslar ve iyi bir sonuç dileriz!

Videos

The song presentation:

The preview video:

Performing Dursun zaman with Göksel:

Dünyanın sonuna doÄ�muÅ�um:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBaXFrXPkGI

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Maltese entry, which is the last one to be introduced.

Previous parts of this series:

  1. Ireland
  2. Belarus
  3. Albania
  4. Denmark
  5. Russia
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Switzerland
  8. FYR Macedonia
  9. Armenia
  10. Spain
  11. Poland
  12. Croatia
  13. Finland
  14. Greece
  15. Ukraine
  16. Lithuania
  17. Belgium
  18. Norway
  19. Portugal
  20. Moldova
  21. The Netherlands
  22. The United Kingdom
  23. Latvia
  24. Serbia
  25. France
  26. Slovenia
  27. Azerbaijan
  28. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  29. Georgia
  30. Romania
  31. Sweden
  32. Israel
  33. Estonia
  34. Cyprus
  35. Slovakia
  36. Iceland
  37. Germany

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