Although it is reported as a rumour, this news appear on the Irish broadcaster RTÉ's website. Newspapers claim that the popular comical act Dustin the Turkey has applied to participate in the Irish national final for Eurovision 2008, Eurosong. Dustin is said to enter a song called Twelve points, douze points, a parody of Eurovision.
Dustin the Turkey became highly popular in 1990, whenhe joined the show The Den, on RTÉ, with fellow puppets Zig and Zag and has outlasted four human co-hosts since: Ian Dempsey, Ray D'Arcy, Damien McCaul and Francis Boylan Jr. Its current (and 5th) host is Kathryn McKiernan. Dustin'sparticipation in the show since 1990, makes him the current longest-serving cast member.
Now, Dustin the Turkey seems to prepare his Eurovision adventure. Irish newspapers are spreading the rumour, also published on RTÉ's website, that the puppet has entered a song for Eurosong 2008, Irish national final this year. The theme, called Twelve points, douze points, is said to be a "tongue-in-cheek parody" about Eurovision.
If rumours are in the end confirmed, Dustin could appear as the hot favourite to represent Ireland this year in Belgrade due to his high popularity amongst Irish people.
Dustin has already recorded six albums, and performed duets with artists such as Bob Geldof, Chris De Burgh, Ronnie Drew, Dervla Kirwan and the late Joe Dolan.
Ireland, placed last at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest final, will participate in the first semifinal of this year's Eurovision in Belgrade, to be held on May 20th.