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Last Updated: Wednesday May 21 2008 07:47 GMT

Turkey puppet out of Eurovision

Dustin The Turkey

Ireland's Eurovision hopeful - a singing puppet called Dustin the Turkey - has flown out of the contest.

Dustin failed to get past the semi-finals with his song called Irelande Douze Pointe, a take-off of Eurovision scoring.

It's only the third time in 43 years that Ireland has not made the final. The favourite to win is Sweden's entry.

The annual competition is taking place in Belgrade, Serbia. X Factor's Andy Abraham is representing the UK.

Andy Abrahams will sing Even If
Andy Abrahams will sing Even If
The UK entry is guaranteed a place in the final as they are the host nation, Serbia, and France, Germany and Spain because they pay for the event.

The countries that got through the first semi-final were: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Greece, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Russia, Israel, Poland and Norway.