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SONG   "Love Me Back"
SINGER    Can Bonomo
MUSIC & LYRICS  Can Bonomo
DRAW   #13 in the second semi-final



Turkey's 100% qualification came to an end in 2011, when the rock group Yüksek Sadakat failed to make it out of the semi-final in Dusseldorf. Despite that disappointment TRT once again opted to use an internal selection to choose their Eurovision entrant. On January 9th, it was confirmed that singer and songwriter Can Bonomo would represent Turkey in Baku. The 24 year old Bonomo, an Izmir-born pop singer/songwriter released his debut album “Meczup” (Lunatic) in January 2011.

Can then presented three songs, written by himself to TRT in early February and the entry was chosen internally by a panel assembled by TRT. The song chosen is "Love Me Back and it was presented for the first time on a TRT television special, aired on February 22nd.



Can Bonomo is a DJ, producer and musician who after a successful first album is now to take the stage for Turkey in Baku with his catchy number Love Me Back.

Can Bonomo started playing guitar at the age of 8, when he was introduced to music with the inspiration of his neighbour. Throughout his secondary school and university years, Bonomo, together with amateur music bands, staged several concerts in Izmir and Istanbul. Finally he said, “I’m ready”, stepped up to the plate and started working on his first album. Following two years of hard work, in January 2011, Can Bonomo's first album, “Meczup”, was released.

Can Bonomo, who is a native of Izmir, has been involved with music since his secondary school and high school years. At the age of 17; Bonomo decided to move to Istanbul and entered into the music business as a sound engineer. Bonomo studied at the Department of Film and Television in Bilgi University, during which he dj’d at Radyo Klas, Number One FM and Radio N101. After working on the radio, Bonomo moved into television and produced TV shows at Number One TV and MTV.

Can Bonomo's music changed dimension when he wrapped up his demo cd into the cover page of a book and sent it to Can Saban. Can Saban, who is the producer, musical director and arranger of the album “Meczup”, is also the director of the video clips from the album. Bonomo and Saban, continuing the friendship built during the first album, are still working together, now as the founding partners of the company “Can Biraderler”.



There was a lot of surprise at the selection of Can Bonomo as his music was not the type that man Turkish fans associated with Eurovision. When it was confirmed that the song would be in English, it again attracted mixed reactions, as many saw the staging of the contest in Baku, next door to Turkey, as the perfect opportunity to showcase more authentic Turkish music.

Bookmakers have reacted by making Turkey a hot favourite to qualify from the second semi-final, although at 66/1 it appears to be an unlikely winner. This is mirrored in internet polls that have Turkey generally ranked between 12th and 20th. Can Bonomo has done some international promotion for his entry and has apparently had a lot of money invested in the promotional video of "Love Me Back" and it has turned out to be the most viewed of all this year's preview videos.




Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Wednesday May 16th 13:15 - 13:55 14:40 - 15:20
Saturday May 19th 13:00 - 13:30 14:15 - 14:45
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially






  Running Order
  Fan Polls





  • First entry: 1975
  • Number of previous entries: 33
  • Best result: Winner (2003)
  • Worst result: Last (3 times). failed to qualify (2001)
  • Qualification record: 5-1 (86% success)




"I must admit to having a soft spot for Turkish Eurovision entries and every year, Turkey is generally among my Top 10 favourites. I had high expectations of Can Bonomo's song, after checking out his back catalogue after he was confirmed by TRT. That's why I'm hugely disappointed in this song. It just doesn't work for me on any level. It sounds like a totally disjointed drunken sea-shanty and the performance is frankly annoying". It may qualify, but no Top 10 this year.- Keith Mills


"Has the ability to put us in a good mood. It's a happy song with some melancholy touches. Nice melody and appealing harmonies. It is easy to get to sing this song and the personal touch that the singer gives with his moves is very interesting." - Pedro Alexandre (Portugal)

"Not as strong as former Turkish Eurovision entries (which is a surprise, having the host in mind) but not bad at all. Even though it is not an easy semi, I expect Turkey to qualify this time." - Paul Hutter (Germany)

"Even allowing for ethnic taste I don't get it and really dislike everything about it. Only diaspora is going to help this at all." - Philip Stuart (U.K.)

"I am not surprised, but I am not thrilled either. To begin with Can transforms entirely when he is on stage and this is a really good thing. The first 10 seconds of the song are simply amazing, I love the ethnic tune, but I would rather it stayed in Turkish. It is a very good, it has good potential, I see it in the top 10 from now, but it is nowhere near top 5." - Athan  (Greece)

"If there are Morris dancers in Turkey, this should be their theme tune and he looks like he's be smoking some stage herbs" - Sean O'Brien (Ireland)