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Hadise Açıkgöz to represent Turkey

24 October 2008 at 19:38 CEST

The 23-year old singer is well-known in Belgium, where she was born, as singer, songwriter and since recently even as television presenter. With this choice, Turkish television picked an experienced entertainer to represent the country on stage in Moscow. TRT officials assured the young singer significant influence in the choice of the song and the act. It is unknown yet if her song for Moscow will be chosen entirely internally, or if the public will be involved in some way.

Hadise's vocal talent was first noticed when she took part in the Flemish version of Pop Idol, back in 2003. Although she did not win the competition, she was offered a record deal and released several singles and albums. 

TMF, one of leading music networks in the Benelux, awarded Hadise with several awards in 2005, 2006, 2007 ánd 2008.

Despite being favorite to represent Turkey in several fan polls, Hadise's participation is somewhat surprising. In 2006, after her friend Kate Ryan failed to qualify for the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, she said that she "would never take part."

In the lead up to Hadise's Eurovision Song Contest participation, a new website is being produced.