Ireland's Dustin the Turkey stuffed at Eurovision

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DUBLIN (Reuters Life!) - Eurovision contender Dustin the Turkey’s rapping antics failed to prove a hit with audiences in Europe and some back in Ireland were relieved that the gloved puppet did not make the song contest’s final.

Surrounded by a troupe of feathered dancers and perched on top of a souped-up shopping cart, Dustin’s performance of the song “Irelande Douze Pointe” (Ireland 12 points) generated boos from a crowd in Belgrade during the contest’s semi-final run-offs on Tuesday evening, ahead of the final on May 24.

“Irelande Douze Pointe ... is now set to take its rightful place in the annals of Euro songs which only the drunk, demented or both will add to their party repertoire,” wrote Dan Collins in the Irish Examiner newspaper. “Roll on Christmas!”

Dustin, renowned for his burps and thick Dublin accent, had vowed to put Ireland, which has a record seven Eurovision wins, back on the map after several disappointing years. It finished in last place in Helsinki in 2007.

“I am disgusted we did not get through,” the plucky performer told Irish broadcaster RTE on Wednesday. “We weren’t a second out of beat.”

RTE’s Gareth O’Connor, who was in the Serbian capital, said the fowl-mouthed bird may still have the last laugh.

“Dustin’s unique sense of humor may have got lost in translation but already he’s looking to the future and, I suppose, the inevitable business opportunities which will follow in Eastern Europe and beyond,” O’Connor wrote.

Writing by Jonathan Saul, editing by Paul Casciato