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Gülseren

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Gülseren Yıldırım Gomez (born Gülseren Yıldırım, 1973), known on stage simply as Gülseren, is a Turkish born French singer, whose output covers a wide range of genres, including pop, Latin, techno and traditional Turkish music. Despite having lived in France for most of her life, she was selected to represent the country of her birth in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, held in Kiev, Ukraine.

She was born in Istanbul, Turkey. Having moved to Paris at the age of seven, Gülseren took a number of steps as the years progressed to remain engaged with her Turkish background. She studied at the French university INALCO, which specialises in Eastern culture, and she also gave Turkish language lessons to Parisian children.

Between 1997 and 1999, she forged her experience as a singer by giving nightly performances at the Parisian cabaret venue “Les Trois Mailletz”, which showcases jazz and world music. 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.

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