The Lykia World resort in Fethiye, Turkey, was the scence for the second Megahit song festival last Saturday, and it featured a few Eurovision-related names. The contest that ended with the victory of the home team, will be broadcasted tonight on TRT-INT, on 19:50 CET.
The main purposes of the Megahit festival are bringing the Mediterranean countries in one exclusive song contest, to promote Mediterranean music, and to promote Fethiye and Turkey as a travel destination.
Eurovision fans, who will watch tonight's broadcast, will recognize a few familiar faces: Viktor Lazlo, the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest's hostess, presented the festival along with Serhat Hacipasalioglu; Goran Karan, Croatia's 2000 Eurovision entrant, was the Croatian jury member. Claudia Beni, who represented Croatia at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest, took that role again in Megahit, only this time with much greater success, as she ended up in the second place. Turkey was represented by Sedat Yüce, who sang for his country also in the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest. Yüce won the song festival, which had 14 contestants, with his song Nereye Kadar? (Until where?). Turkey is the second winner of the song festival, which takes place in Lykia every year, after Israel had won it last year. Sedat Yüce also won the OGAE (The international Eurovision fans club) award, which was awarded by Ales Matko, the club's coordinator.
The scoring method will also be familiar to Eurovision fans, as it is the exact one from the Eurovision Song Contest. The winner received a 5,000$ award, whereas his first and second runner ups received an all-paid week's vacation in the Lykia World resort in Fethiye.
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