He flew the flag for the Emerald Isle at Eurovision 2008, but his song “Irelande Douze Points” failed to take flight on the night of the semi-final, crashing out in 15th place.
Now Ireland’s premiere poultry puppet Dustin The Turkey wants another shot at winning Europe’s favourite TV show for the Celtic Tiger.
Speaking to the Irish Independent about Ireland’s mixed results since 2010 – the nation has made the final on four occasions but only finished in the Top 10 once – Dustin’s strategy is clear:
“We’ve literally tried everything, from a turkey in a shopping trolley to even my ex Niamh Kavanagh. I now know the formula to winning it. You don’t go out and insult every country competing. You go up and do a song about peace or uniting Europe and get loads of votes that way.”
“Irelande Douze Points” referenced Ireland’s downturn in fortunes since the 1990s, name-checking Terry Wogan, bloc voting, Johnny Logan’s role as singer and songwriter for three of Ireland’s winning entries, and appealed to newer Eurovision nations from Eastern Europe to give Ireland twelve points in the voting.
Dustin acknowledges that may not have been the best strategy for winning Eurovision.
“If your lyrics include ‘give us another chance, sorry for Riverdance’, people will only think you’re having a laugh.”
His choice of a peace anthem or song about uniting Europe for Eurovision 2018 could prove more successful. As recently as 2015, Polina Gagarina placed second at Eurovision 2015 with her stirring power ballad “A Million Voices”.
Although he made no reference to Brendan’s performance at Eurovision, Dustin did suggest he, “was like Daniel O’Donnell Junior”. O’Donnell is an Irish singer, TV presenter and philanthropist who has sold over ten million records to date.
Whether Dustin will compete for Ireland again or not is yet to be confirmed, as broadcaster RTE have not even confirmed participation at Eurovision 2018 next year in Lisbon.
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