Croatia's Severina in Turkey

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Croatia's Severina, who will represent her country with the song Moja �tikla in Athens this May, became the one of the few of this year's Eurovision Song Contest artists to make a promotional stop in Turkey when she made two appearances on prime time TV on Saturday.

The singer first performed on the first national channel TRT1, before making an appearance on the chat show Televizyon Makinasi on popular private channel Kanal D. She was warmly received on both shows, and guaranteed a good exposure across Turkey, with Kanal D regularly drawing in ratings of up to 30 million viewers each evening.

Turkey has seen relatively little promotional activity on the part of other Eurovision Song Contest artists on promotional tours around Europe, although Severina is not alone; after Dutch group Treble made a visit, Cyprus' Annet Artani is another of this year's acts to have a Turkish stopover planned in her promo schedule.

Conversely, Turkey's own representative Sibel Tüzüz is well into the swing of her promotional activities overseas, and has already visited, amongst other places, this year's host country Greece. Sibel, as one of this year's competitors in the qualifier round, will be counting on the support of those countries to get her entry through to the international final on 20th May.

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Richard West-Soley

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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 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