The Turkic world has chosen the winner of the international competition Türkvizyon, the finals of which took place on December 21 at the cultural capital of the Turkic world in 2013 – Eskisehir (Turkey). Among the 12 finalists, the winner became the representative of Azerbaijan Farid Gasanov (210 points). He was followed by the representatives of Belarus Gunesh Abbasova (205 points) and the Crimean Fazile Ibragimova (200 points).

Another participant representing Crimea, Elvira Sarihalil didn’t get to the finals.

The atmosphere of the contest was quite similar to the Eurovision contest; as reported Türkvizyon was initiated as an alternative to European competition.

Fazile Ibragimova shared her impressions of the competition:

“Actually I am very very happy to be here. Türkvizyon unites all Turkic cultures, we are here and we are already winners.”

Türkviziyon will now become a traditional competition, which will take its own, unique niche among international song contests.

Ismet Zaatov, general director of Türkvizyon told QHA news agency that the next Türkviziyon will take place in Russia, in the capital of Tatarstan- Kazan, which is to become the capital of the Turkic world in 2014.

“Here we have an official delegation from the Republic of Tatarstan. Next month we will travel to Tatarstan to discuss the contest, which is to take place in Kazan. So, it will continue,” said Zaatov.

As reported, the first in the history Türkvizyon contest, branded as an alternative to Eurovision has taken place for the first time on December 17-21 in Eskisehir (Turkey). More than 20 countries and regions participated in the event, among them Turkey, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Northern Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine (Crimea), Altai region (Russia) and others.

More than 100 TV channels from Turkic countries broadcasted the competition.

The phoenix bird became the symbol of Türkvizyon, which represents the union of hearts.

The contest was held with the support of "TURKSOY" organization, Anatolian University and channel Türk Müzik.