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Turkey participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1975, represented by Semiha Yankı performing Seninle Bir Dakika, but did not achieve any considerable success until the late 1990s. They withdrew from the 1979 contest in Jerusalem, a major disappointment for the selected performers Maria Rita Epik & 21 Peron, who would have performed the song "Seviyorum".

Turkey did not participate from 2013 to 2015, citing the unfairness of the 50:50 voting rule and the Big Five. Despite an intent to participate, it was recently announced that it would not return for 2016.

Participants

Year Artist Song Language Place Points Semi Points
1975 Semiha Yankı Seninle Bir Dakika Turkish 19 3 No Semi Final
1976 Did Not Compete
1977
1978 Nilüfer and Nazar Sevince Turkish 18 2 No Semi Final
1979 Did Not Compete
1980 Ajda Pekkan Petrol Turkish 15 23 No Semi Finals
1981 Modern Folk Trio and Ayşegül Dönme Dolap 18 9
1982 Neco Hani? 15 20
1983 Çetin Alp and The Short Waves Opera 19 0
1984 Beş Yıl Önce, On Yıl Sonra Halay 12 37
1985 MFÖ Diday diday day 14 36
1986 Klips ve Onlar Halley 9 53
1987 Seyyal Taner and Locomotif Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne 22 0
1988 MFÖ Sufi 15 37
1989 Pan Bana Bana 21 5
1990 Kayahan Gözlerinin Hapsindeyim 17 21
1991 İzel, Reyhan and Can İki Dakika 12 44
1992 Aylin Vatankoş Yaz Bitti 19 17
1993 Burak Aydos Esmer Yarim 21 10
1994 Relegation from Participating
1995 Arzu Ece Sev Turkish 16 21 No Semi Finals
1996 Şebnem Paker Beşinci Mevsim 12 57
1997 Şebnem Paker and Grup Etnik Dinle 3 121
1998 Tüzmen Unutamazsın 14 25
1999 Tuba Önal Dön Artık 16 21
2000 Pınar Ayhan and The SOS Yorgunum Anla Turkish, English 10 59
2001 Sedat Yüce Sevgiliye Son 11 45
2002 Buket Bengisu and Safir Leylaklar Soldu Kalbinde 16 29
2003 Sertab Erener Everyway That I Can English 1 167
2004 Athena For Real 4 195 Host of 2004
2005 Gülseren Rimi Rimi Ley 13 92 Top 12 in 2004
2006 Sibel Tüzün Süperstar Turkish, English 11 91 8 91
2007 Kenan Doğulu Shake It Up Şekerim English 4 163 3 197
2008 Mor ve Ötesi Deli Turkish 7 138 7 85
2009 Hadise Düm Tek Tek English 4 177 2 172
2010 maNga We Could Be The Same 2 170 1 118
2011 Yüksek Sadakat Live It Up -- -- 13 47
2012 Can Bonomo Love Me Back 7 112 5 80
2013 Did Not Compete
2014
2015
2016
2017

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