Ireland's high profile Eurovision Song Contest adventure is over for 2008, but the Irish delegation were in very good spirits this evening as esctoday.com met them outside the Three Carrotts Irish pub in Belgrade.
Speaking to the esctoday.com team, backing vocalists, Anne Harrington and kathleen Burke told esctoday.com "we're fine, we'll be staying on until Sunday and we'll keep partying. We loved every minute of our time here, and we just want to enjoy our stay. It would have been great to get to the final, but we did our best".
Dustin the Turkey has caused a media storm, attracting huge interest in the Eurovision Song Contest and has turned out to be a strong ambassador for the competition. Quick to praise other artists, and providing comedy and with throughout his involvement with the competition, some of his highlights include announcing his adoration of Isis Gee, his joy at meeting 'Eurovision Royalty' in the form of Bucks Fizz in London and his comment that he is sure Terry Wogan's hair is his own "because he's got the receipt".
Irish commentator, Marty Whealan, stated “What a disappointment for the Irish team. It never occurred to me in the back of my mind that we wouldn’t actually do it…But such are the vagaries of the Eurovision Song Contest. We do our best but you don’t know. The thing about this competition is you don’t know.”
UPD But, the Irish airwaves errupted yesterday,including 3 times Eurovision winner for Ireland, Johnny Logan voicing his opinion and calling for head's to role! Listenthrough the link above.
Watch Ireland's Eurovision 2008 performance here from anIrish television perspective: