Some countries decided to withdraw the past few weeks based on financial problems as given reason. Of course we can understand their strategy but the reason was simply hilarious as they could have find sponsors or other collaborations to maintain their active part in Eurovision Song Contest. Slovenia did it: their marketing team managed to find money and proudly the broadcaster remains a follower of the contest.
Turkey though made a big mistake. TRT was unhappy for two years now and we knew it. In 2011 a chocking elimination from the final and Loreen’s victory in 2012 known to happen for months upset Turkish broadcaster. TRT’s manager quoted last night on STAR TV Turkey, saying that the broadcaster is annoyed by the jury and the BIG 5 system in Eurovision. I just have to ask: did TRT complaint officially to EBU about this? Sources told oikotimes there was no such approach by them.
So Turkey is clearly playing a political game. TRT announcement published very close with the announcement from Bosnia & herzegovina last night. Not suspicious enough? in 2011 many claim that the absence of Turkey led to a victory for Azerbaijan as Turkish diaspora massively supported the other suspicious (for their televoting methods) brother nation. It is clear that political games in Turkey towards Europe lately also added Eurovision in their agenda. Well this show is about music and unification of nations. If they cannot stand it then good riddance.
at least when oikotimes has to complaint about a Eurovision matter we have the decency to complaint also at the European Broadcasting Union besides posting something on oikotimes.com
oikotimes is awaiting an EBU statement for the information above