Rimi rimi ley, the song to represent Turkey at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest is being brought to court. Umran Akdokur, songwriter of Sen benim askimsin performed by the group Ariana in the Turkish national final, officially asked the court in Ankara to cancel the outcome of the Turkish national final.
Umran Akdokur is claiming that the song Rimi rimi ley, composed by Erdinc Tunc, is not matching with the requirements as set by the board of the Turkish State Television TRT. Together with her lawyer, Akdokur filed a complaint in which they claim that the winning song Rimi rimi ley offends against the rule saying that a song must be “original, not used for commercial purposes and not broadcast before the Turkish national final.”
Furthermore they are stating that Goksan Arman, the songwriter of Rimi rimi ley who is working for the TRT Grand Orchestra, is another contradiction to the entrance requirements issued by the TRT. “Rimi rimi ley was not the favourite of the seven competing songs,” Akdokur says. “It is not a song which the Turkish people appreciate or love. How is it possible that they are sending a song which is not accepted by the Turkish people to represent Turkey? Our songs are now known to be bad songs because of this winning song, and that hurts.”
Umran Akdokur, a retired employee who is telling that she spent all her retirement money on the contest, made the national final with her song Sen benim askimsin and was chosen out of 136 entries to be one of the seven finalists.