TRT, the Turkish broadcaster, had already previously announced Turkey would be represented by maNga, who had gained popularity after winning the MTV European Act award. Now at a press conference they finally took the stage and sung their hearts out with their long-awaited entry, called We Could Be The Same.
The same as who, one could ask. Same as they were at the MTV European Music Awards? The same as Hadise last year when she finished fourth? The same as Sertab Erener back in 2003 when she won the Eurovision Song Contest? Go figure!
Jokes aside, manGa told Eurovision.tv the song is about sticking together, peace and harmony. And all of that in a nice rock sauce.
maNga’s story began when Yağmur Sarıgül “Yamyam” (Guitar) separated his ways with the cover band he played with at local bars. His plan for his new band was to combine rock music and electronic music bringing hard guitar riffs and rap vocals together.
maNga began to form when Özgür Can Öney (Drums), Efe Yılmaz (Turntable),Ferman Akgül (Vocals) and Cem Bahtiyar (Bass Guitar) joined the new band. The band began playing “nu metal” and “hard rock” songs. As a result the band was named maNga after the traditional Japanese cartoon art, bringing five different characters, five different music styles and five different world views together.
From 2001 onwards, the band released several highly successful albums which all became top sellers in their native country of Turkey.
maNga won the Best European Act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2009. That was not the only award the band won in 2009 though, maNga has taken numerous other awards as well, including for the best video, the best band, the best song, the best album and the best performance.
They'll wrap-up the Semi-Finals of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, on the 27th of May in Oslo, Norway, performing seventeenth.