Turkey's Ten Days of Success

by Richard West-Soley 40 views

Turkey's Eurovision Song Contest hopeful Kenan Doğulu departed for Helsinki yesterday, brimming with confience and with very high hopes for this year's entry Shake it up shekerim.

The Turkish star was greeted by a crowd of press at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport, who were told to expect "ten days marked with success". Moreover, Kenan stresses his winning attitude towards his participation in the Helsinki event: "I believe we will be among the top three. Of course, my first aim is to win first place. And I believe we will win in any case. My favorite is 'Shake it up shekerim,' and I'm not saying this because it's my song; I listened to most of the contestants and my song deserves to be in the top three acts. I hope it becomes the winner".

All about the show
Kenan has acknowledged the move towards the 'show' aspect of Eurovision winners over the last few years, and an energetic stage show along with a Ceyda Balaban outfit studded with 48,000 crystals will take the Turkish team some way to pulling that off in Hartwall.

Turkey takes to the stage for rehearsals for the first time tomorrow.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.

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