Ajda Pekkan

Ajda Pekkan Suprisingly Quits Her Musical Career

Ajda Pekkan ©  kampusteyiz.com

The Turkish representative from 1980 Eurovision Song Contest, Ajda Pekkan, has surprisingly announced that she has ended her musical career at the top. Her fans should not worry, Ajda will be back with more TV shows in near future, no matter how old she is.

New Album of Yüksek Sadakat to be released soon after special premier concerts

Yüksek Sadakat

The former Turkish representative group Yüksek Sadakat announced that their latest album is on the way for their fans. This is just their third album on their very long musical career.  The group have planned very special premiers which will be held both in İstanbul and Ankara.

Ajda Pekkan hits the Turkish charts with her new single

Album cover of Ajda Pekkan - Yakar Geçerim

Former Turkish representative, Ajda Pekkan who participated at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980, has made it to the charts in her home country with her new single Yakar Geçerim.

Former Turkish representatives appear as jury members in Star Akademi

Star Academy logo ©  startv

The former representative names form Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest such as Sertab Erener and Ajda Pekkan came together in a long term music contest Star Akademi's second edition.


Basic information
19 April 1980
Nederlands Congresgebouw, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Marlous Fluitsma
About the contest: 

Not unreasonably, the Israeli’s didn’t fancy hosting the contest for a second successive year; indeed they didn’t take part at all. The BBC was asked to organise it but declined, so Dutch broadcaster NOS took up the mantle. There was so little time left that NOS had to dig out the set from the set they built for the 1976 contest.

Monaco withdrew and wouldn’t return until 2004. Turkey returned and was joined by its Arabic cousins, Morocco. It would be the only time Morocco would enter the contest. This allowed the number of entries to remain at 17 from the year before.

The familiar faces were Katja Ebstein, Maggie MacNeal and Paola, but there was also a glimpse of the future. Sally-Ann Triplett was part of Prima Donna and would be one half of Bardo two years later, Anna Vissi made the first of three appearances and last, but certainly not least, Australian born Johnny Logan won for the first time.

NOS came up with the novel idea that each song would be introduced by a personality from that country. They would come onto the stage and briefly talk about their country’s representative. A good idea but one which was never used again.

Scandal erupted in Belgium when it was discovered that the three members of Telex weren’t professional musicians, but were actually employees of the Belgian broadcaster who selected the song.
About the songs: 
Blue DanubeBlue Danube Austria - Blue Danube - Du Bist Musik (German)

Music/Lyrics: Klaus-Peter Sattler

Conductor: Richard Österreicher

Synchronised choreography, a list of famous composers and a key change easier to spot than a feminist at a Jim Davidson gig: what more does a song need?

 Ajda PekkanAjda Pekkan Turkey - Ajda Pekkan - Petr'oil (Turkish)

Music/Lyrics: Atilla Ozdemiroglu/Sanar Yurdatapan

Conductor: Atilla Ozdemiroglu

For those fed up with songs about love, this is something completely different. In the days before tourism, oil was the big industry and Ajda played it straight while singing its praises.

 Anna VishyAnna Vishy Greece - Anna Vishy and the Epikouri - Autostop (Greek)

Music/Lyrics: Jick Nakassian/Rony Sofou

Conductor: Jick Nakassian

Anna, one of Greece’s biggest stars, made her contest debut with a song which probably wouldn’t feature highly on her greatest hits album.

 Sophie and MagalySophie and Magaly Luxembourg - Sophie and Magaly - Papa Pingouin (French)

Music/Lyrics: Pierre Delanoë, Jean-Paul Cara/ Ralph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger

Conductor: Norbert Daum

Drifting into the bizarre, Luxembourg sent two petit sisters and a large man in a penguin outfit. It’s easy to hum along with, but was it really necessary to dress the backing singers up as penguins too?

 Samira BensaïdSamira Bensaïd Morocco - Samira Bensaïd - Bitakat Hob (Arabic)

Music/Lyrics: Abdel Ati Amenna/Malou Rouanne

Conductor: Jean Claudric

Morocco’s first and so far only foray into the contest is very Arabic. It was certainly a different sound for the contest and starts well, but eventually, the end seems a long time coming. 

 Alan SorrentiAlan Sorrenti Italy - Alan Sorrenti - Non So Che Darei (Italian)

Music/Lyrics: Alan Sorrenti/Alan Sorrenti

Conductor: Del Newman

After taking a couple of off years, Italy returned to form. Alan’s voice sounds quite normal during the verses, but goes soprano for the chorus.

 Bamses VennerBamses Venner Denmark - Bamses Venner - Tænker Altid På Dig (Danish)

Music/Lyrics: Bjarne Gren Jensen/Flemming Jorgensen

Conductor: Allan Botschinsky

Bamses Venner were four men in stripy jumpers who kept movement to a minimum as they performed this easy to remember little song. A bit of swaying from side to side sufficed.

 Tomas LedinTomas Ledin Sweden - Tomas Ledin - Just Nu (Swedish)

Music/Lyrics: Tomas Ledin/Tomas Ledin

Conductor: Anders Berglund

Just Nu is a rock song and Tomas struts around the stage like a true rock star. There are shades of Mick Jagger in the way he carried the microphone stand.

 PaolaPaola Switzerland - Paola - Cinéma (French)

Music/Lyrics: Peter Reber/Peter Reber, Véronique Muller

Conductor: Peter Reber
Eleven years after she finished fifth in the contest, Paola’s second effort is a quirky tune which grows steadily from a reserved start as does Paola’s performance.

 Vesa-Matti LoiriVesa-Matti Loiri Finland - Vesa-Matti Loiri - Huilumies (Finnish)

Music/Lyrics: Aarno Raninen/Vexi Salmi

Conductor: Ossi Runne

Vesa combines singing with playing the flute, although not at the same time! Huilumies is a slightly messy song which fails to leave an impression.

 Sverre Kjellsberg and Mattis HættaSverre Kjellsberg and Mattis Hætta Norway - Sverre Kjellsberg and Mattis Hætta - Sámiid Ædnan (Norwegian)

Music/Lyrics: Sverre Kjellsberg/Ragnar Olsen

Conductor: Sigurd Jansen

The Sami people live north of the Arctic Circle and the threats facing their very traditional way of life were highlighted in this very ethnic song, which also includes the traditional Sami song

 Katja EbsteinKatja Ebstein Germany - Katja Ebstein - Theater (German)

Music/Lyrics: Ralph Siegel/ Bernd Meinunger

Conductor: Wolfgang Rődelberger

Katia’s third and final Eurovision entry could be from the musical Caberet. She’s ably assisted by four men wearing black suits whose faces are painted white.

 Prima DonnaPrima Donna United Kingdom - Prima Donna - Love Enough For Two (English)

Music/Lyrics: Stephanie de Sykes, Stuart Slater/ Stephanie de Sykes, Stuart Slater

Conductor: John Coleman

Having survived a tie-break in the British selection show, Prima Donna, a six member vocal group of three men and three women, gave a suitably smiley performance of this cheerful song.

 José CidJosé Cid Portugal - José Cid - Um Grande, Grande Amor (Portuguese)

Music/Lyrics: José Cid/José Cid

Conductor: Jorge Machado

Saying goodbye in four different languages, José led the way through this mostly lively number, which is quite infectious.

 Maggie MacNealMaggie MacNeal The Netherlands - Maggie MacNeal - Amsterdam (Dutch)

Music/Lyrics: Frans Smit, Sjoukje Smit, Robert Verwey/Alex Alberts

Conductor: Rogier van Otterloo

Six years after her successful collaboration with the charismatic Mouth, Maggie represented the hosts with a slightly self-obsessed song, but it’s none the worse for that and is worth a listen.

 ProfilProfil France - Profil - Hé, Hé M'sieurs Dames (French)

Music/Lyrics: Sylvano Santorio/Richard de Bordeaux, Richard Joffo

Conductor: Sylvano Santorio

Profil wore matching outfits with multi coloured stripes across the front. They were co-ordinated to the extent of the stripes joining up along the line of the five singers. As for the song, it’s quite europop.

 Johnny LoganJohnny Logan Ireland - Johnny Logan - What's Another Year (English)

Music/Lyrics: Shay Healy/Shay Healy

Conductor: Noel Kelehan

The most successful of contest careers started here. It’s a heartbreaking ballad about the struggle Shay Healy’s Dad had coming to terms with the death of his wife. 

 Trigo LimpioTrigo Limpio Spain - Trigo Limpio - Qué Date Esta Noche (Spanish)

Music/Lyrics: José Antonio Martin/José Antonio Martin

Conductor: Javier Iturralde

The Spanish entry spends it’s time rising and dipping in volume and pace. The chorus is virtually chanted rather than sung.

 TelexTelex Belgium - Telex - Euro-vision (French)

Music/Lyrics: Daniel Dupret, Michel Muert, Marc Mullart/ Daniel Dupret, Michel Muert, Marc Mullart


It’s not quite Kraftwerk, but electro-pop makes an early appearance in the contest before it became trendy. Who says the Eurovision Song Contest has always been stuck in the past.

TRT Celebrates 41st Anniversary With EuroStars

Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) Offical Logo ©  TRT

TRT, the Turkish national broadcaster which is the only member of the EBU in Turkey, celebrated its 41st anniversary yesterday in İstanbul Lütfi Kırdar Congre Palace. On that night, there were special guests who have participated for Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest in past.

Çeşme International Song Contest took start in Turkey

Offical Festival Magazine ©  Ege Tv

The music festival called Çeşme International Song Contest has started in Izmir, Turkey. This year is the 19th time the contest has been held in Turkey. Many popular singers and groups will perform on stage seperate from the contest. Among those are Ani Lorak and Ajda Pekkan.




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