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Eurovision entry may be a turkey
Dustin the Turkey
Dustin the Turkey is aiming for Eurosong victory
A fowl-mouthed puppet could represent Ireland in this year's Eurovision.

Broadcaster RTE said that children's favourite Dustin the Turkey has been picked as one of six competitors in Eurosong.

The contest will determine Ireland's representative at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade this May.

Irish television viewers will decide if the cult figure's performance of Irelande Douze Pointe will ruffle some feathers across the continent.

Dustin has been a star of RTE's The Den since 1990.

A turkey-vulture with a thick north Dublin twang he joined with puppets Zig and Zag, who later went on to UK stardom in Channel 4's Big Breakfast.

Dustin remained to become the longest serving member of the cast and now has his own show, Dustin's Daily News.

He has a keen interest in politics and despite never officially standing, his name has appeared on ballot papers in the Republic of Ireland as a protest vote in elections.

Dustin has also showed a weakness for music: he has released 14 singles already and six albums.

His last album - Bling When You're Minging - was released in 2005 and featured the duet with Chris De Burgh, Patricia The Stripper.

His entry draws strongly on the campness of the Eurovision, featuring the lyrics: "Shake your feathers and pop your beak, shake it to the west and to the east/wave Eurohands and Euro-feet, wave them in the air to the turkey beat."

The other five entries are:

"Double Cross My Heart" performed by Donal Skehan. Composed by Joel Humlén, Oscar Gorres and Charlie Mason.

"Time to Rise" performed by Maya. Composed by Maja Slatinsek and Ziga Pirnat.

"Not Crazy After All" Performed by Leona Daly. Composed by Leona Daly and Steve Booker.

"Sometimes" performed by Liam Geddes written by Susan Hewitt.

"Chances" written and performed Marc Roberts.

Eurosong 2008 will be broadcast live from University Concert Hall Limerick on 23 February.

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