Maria Rita Epik

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Maria Rita Epik (born 1 January 1958 in İzmir) is a Turkish musician of Italian descent, who won the Turkish pre-Elimination of the Eurovision Song Contest 1979.

ESC 1979 controversy[edit]

Epik had won the internal Turkish pre-Elimination in 1979 to sing for Turkey at the first ever Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel. However due to political reasons and pressure by Arabic countries, to boycott Israel, she had to withdraw and stay at home, instead of having a chance to get a European career. She would have sung "Seviyorum" (I Love) together with the band 21.Peron.[1]


  1. ^ Türkei beim Eurovision Song Contest

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