According to many Turkish press agencies, famous Turkish rock group MaNga will be representing Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Oslo this year.
The winner of MTV Best European Act 2009, MaNga, will be representing Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest according to many respected Turkish press agencies such as FOX and Milliyet. They also claim that the agreement between MaNga and TRT was already signed before.
After all the speculation, TRT has announced that the official agreement has not been sent to MaNga yet. MaNga also announced that they have many songs ready for the Eurovision Song Contest.
MaNga, the Turkish nu metal and hardcore rock group was formed in 2001 by the lead singer Ferman Akgün. The other members are Orçun Şekerusta (bass guitar), Özgür Can Öney (Drum), Efe Yılmaz (Turntable) and Cem Bahtiyar (guitar). The group had won a competition Sing Your Song before they became famous.
MaNga have won many international and national awards up to now:
2001: Sing Your Song – Winner
2002: Sing Your Song – Runner up
Best Musicians Award
2005: POPSAV Awards – Best Rock Group & Best Video clip
Golden Globe Awards (Turkey) – Best Rising Group
2006: MÜYAP Awards – Golden Plaque
Our Future Awards – Best Group
JETIX TV Awards – Best Group
POPSAV Awards – Best Rock Group & Best Alternative Music Group
Beyaz Show – Best Performance
Best Video clip – Bir Kadin Cizeceksin
KanalTürk – Best Video clip & Best Group
2009: MTV EMA ’09: Best European Act & Best Turkish Act
It is also believed that MaNga will have the best opportunity to go on promo tours as they have an important contract with SONY Music, only Sertab Erener had the same contract during her Eurovision journey, which resulted in first Turkey’s first Eurovision Song Contest winner.