This year's Eurovision Song Contest's winner, Turkey's Sertab Erener, had her second and last press conference in the Skonto Hall in Riga.
“I am a singer, therefore I do not wish to be the presenter of next year's contest in Turkey, thats how Sertab Erener replied when asked wether she will follow the footsteps of Latvia's Marie N.
“What I remember of last night's celebrations is just dancing. I dont remember much more”, said Sertab who looked a bit tired but still very excited and happy, after only 4 hours of sleep. The 2003 winner received many calls of congratulations during the night, among them from the Turkish prime minister and one particular phone call from her boyfriend.
Everyway that I can, the Turkish winner is supposed to be released all over Europe as from tomorrow, and it will be included in Sertab's upcoming album. The singer told the journalists who attended this conference she is now working on her next CD single, and promised it is supposed to be just as great as her Eurovision entry.
Last night was Turkey's first ever Eurovision victory and now the national broadcaster, TRT, faces the challenge of hosting the next contest, for the first time in the country's history in the contest. But the challenge of arranging the 2004 contest would be even bigger, as TRT will have to arrange two contests, the qualifying round and the grand final. There will be no problem arranging whatever it takes, don't worry!, said Turkey's head of delegation to Riga. In last night's conference the Turkish sounded positive the 2004 contest would be held in Istanbul, but in today's conference they seemed less confident about the city: “I believe and hope it will be Istanbul, but its still too early to decide”, said TRT's head of delegation.
A lot of celebrations are expected around Turkey in the coming days. Turkey's commentator had a short interview with Sertab last night, on stage right after the transmission was over and it was broadcasted to Turkey. He then invited everyone to Istanbul's airport to welcome the winner upon arrival.
The last press conference of the winner, and in fact the last press conference of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, ended with a nice symbolic farewell, as Turkey's commentator invited all of the attendants and delegations to next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Turkey!