Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest 1988

Turkey was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 1988 by a music trio named Mazhar Fuat Özkan (names of the members) with the song "Sufi", written and composed by the trio.

Eurovision Song Contest 1988
Country Turkey
National selection
Selection process12. Eurovision Şarkı Yarışması Türkiye Finali
Selection date(s)13 February 1988
Selected entrantMFÖ
Selected song"Sufi"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result15th, 37 points
Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1987 1988 1989►

Before EurovisionEdit

12. Eurovision Şarkı Yarışması Türkiye FinaliEdit

The national final featured songs written by seventeen composers directly invited by TRT. However, Attila Özdemiroğlu, one of the invited composers, did not submit a song for unknown reasons.

The final took place on 13 February 1988 at the TRT Studios in Ankara, hosted by Canan Kumbasar. Sixteen songs competed and the winner was determined by an expert jury. As there was a tie at the end of the voting, the head of the jury selected "Sufi" performed by MFÖ as the winner.[1] [2]

Final – 13 February 1988
Draw Artist Song Lyricist Composer Place
1 Kayahan & 3. Nesil (İskender Paydaş, Volkan Başaran, Meltem Parlak, Murat Çimenli, Fergan Mirkelam) "Sokak Kedisi" Kayahan Açar Kayahan Açar
2 Grup Gündoğarken "Resimler Resimler" İlhan Şeşen İlhan Şeşen
3 MFÖ "Sufi" Mazhar Alanson Mazhar Alanson, Fuat Güner, Özkan Uğur 1
4 Sevingül Bahadır "Bulutlar" Meltem Bal Aslıgül Kırıcı
5 Grup Tema (Arzu Ece, Çiğdem Tunç, Emre Tukur, Aydın Karabulut, Murat Kulaksızoğlu, Taylan Dedeoğlu) "Zig Zag" Mazhar Alanson Selçuk Başar
6 Grup Vizyon (Rüya Ersavcı, Zeynep Draman, Hasan Alptekin, Tayfun Duyguluer) "Diskotek" İlhan İrem Esin Engin
7 Grup 88 (Adnan Ergil, Batuhan Şenyücel, Şaziye Onuray, Yonca Evcimik) "Fazla Vaktim Yok" Nezih Topuzlu Selmi Andak
8 Aysun Kocatepe "Bir Dolu Yaz" Ali Kocatepe Ali Kocatepe
9 Cantekin "Kim?" Zeynep Sayan Erol Sayan
10 Grup Piramit (Hakan Girit, Cem Bezeyiş, Feyyaz Kuruş, Okan Tolga Mertel, Ayhan Sayıner) "Sana Bağlamıştım" Grup Piramit Grup Piramit
11 Grup Denk (Oya Küçümen, Bora Ebeoğlu) "Onikiden" Bora Ebeoğlu Turhan Yükseler 2
12 Grup Efekt (Cihan Okan, Seden Kutlubay, Elif İnce, Gülgün Yıldız, Reyhan Soykarcı, Adalet Güzey) "Camdan Bir Ev" Zeynep Talu Melih Kibar
13 Ultraviyole (İlhan İrem, Gür Akad, Selim Sayarı, Elif Turhan, Murat Tümer, Refia Çetintürk) "Yurtta Barış Dünyada Barış" İlhan İrem İlhan İrem
14 Zafer Olcay "Barış ve Sevgi Dolu" Adnan Ergil Buğra Uğur
15 Emel Müftüoğlu & Erdal Çelik "Aşk Yaşamaya Değer" Emel Müftüoğlu, Erdal Çelik Uğur Başar
16 Fatih Erkoç "Bitmesin Bu Sonbahar" Cansın Erol Selahattin İçli

At EurovisionEdit

On the night of the contest Mahzar Fuat Özkan performed fifth, after the United Kingdom and before the Netherlands. At the close of the voting Sufi had received 37 points, placing Turkey fifteenth.[3] 8 participants had voted for Sufi. In the 1985 contest Turkey had received 37 points from 8 countries. Atilla Şereftuğ, the composer of the winner ("Ne partez pas sans moi" by Celine Dion) was a Turk living in Switzerland. The Turkish jury awarded its 12 points to the United Kingdom.[4]

VotingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TURKISH NATIONAL FINAL 1988".
  2. ^ "Turkey: Şarkı Yarışması 1988 Final".
  3. ^ "Final of Dublin 1988". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 16 April 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  4. ^ Michael Kuyucu: Türkiye'nin Serüveni Eurovision, İstanbul, 2005, ISBN 975-8823-93-0, pp.161-163
  5. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Dublin 1988". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 16 April 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2021.