She also performed in venues across Europe, in particular returning to Turkey on many occasions. Gülseren tried her hand at acting when she played herself in the made-for-television Dutch film Roos and Rana, which hit screens in April 2001. The film focused on the relationship between two girls, one Dutch and the other Turkish, and how it impacts upon their families. In early 2005, Gülseren threw her hat in the ring in the competition to represent Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest. After tentative plans for a public televote were dropped, the selection of the country's Eurovision entry instead rested with a seventeen-strong jury, for whom Gülseren's performance of "Rimi Rimi Ley" proved to be the decisive favourite. The song was notable for being uncompromisingly faithful to Turkish musical traditions - somewhat in contrast to the country's entries in 2003 and especially 2004 - and has been criticised by 2003 Eurovision winner Sertab Erener for lacking the broad international appeal necessary to achieve a good result.
However, it can also be seen as a response to the result of the 2004 contest, in which identifiably 'ethnic' songs - perhaps most notably the Serbia and Montenegro entry - proved to be successful vote-grabbers. Due to the impressive placing of Turkey's 2004 representatives Athena on home soil in Istanbul, Gülseren had the fortune of being immune from the tough battle to avoid elimination at the semi-final stage on 19 May, and instead qualified directly for the grand final on May 21 in which she finished 13th with 92 points. Turkey participated in the semi-final of the 2006 contest in Greece after finishing 13th in the 2005 contest. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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