Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Another turkey for Eurovision.

Oh I guffawed when I read this. It seems not content with sending turkey songs to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, this year Ireland are considering an actual turkey!
From today's indo.

"DUSTIN the Turkey seriously considered pulling out of the Eurosong contest yesterday as controversy erupted over his selection as one of the six Irish finalists .

After hearing nearly 45 minutes of angry radio debate about the fact that the celebrity puppet had made the grade, Dustin thought about throwing in the towel for "nearly a full second", he confirmed last night.

But the bookies' favourite has decided to battle on.

"I am doing this for Ireland," he said.

Three of the country's top music men, songwriter Phil Coulter, Frank McNamara and Eurovision veteran Shay Healy, all criticised the decision by an RTE committee to select the popular bird as one of the six finalists for Ireland's entry.

Speaking on RTE's 'Liveline', Mr McNamara questioned whether RTE were "giving two fingers" to the country's song-writers.

"I think it is absolutely disgraceful," Mr McNamara said.

However, Mr McNamara conceded that, because the winner will be selected by tele poll, the turkey would probably represent Ireland in Serbia."

OH please! Two fingers? TWO FINGERS? How can anyone worry about two fingers when we shot off our entire foot the last time with the following...



Anonymous Shebah said...

I think this is a stroke of genius. What better representation for such a turkey of a contest with its heavily biased voting blocs than the genuine article. Bravo Ireland!

9:48 a.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

"Go an ya good ting!!"

Ahh, I miss the Den.

9:57 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Bravo indeed, can you imagine the po-faced reaction this is going to get from the champions of culture if that bloomin' bird gets through?
Maybe it's a bird thing, but didn't Dana International looked like a crow stuck in a puddle of tar when she won?
Sheepie, he was the ONLY good thing on the Den.

10:02 a.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Jeez,don't get me started on Dana, all that smug sanctimoniusness just oozing out of her. She is seriously creepy, I can imagine her playing the villian in a horror movie, smiling with saccherine sweetness as she cuts your throat. EEK.

10:16 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Are you talking Irish -all kinds of everything Dana here? Or Dana- Viva la Diva -International?
Because the first one terrifies me, the second not so much. (I covet some of her dresses though)

10:20 a.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

Why don't we send Big Tom and the Mainliners? Damn fine band, I would have thought. Four roads to Glenamaddy? Fine, fine song.

Read all about them here. In particular, the start of the fifth paragraph is a doozie.

10:38 a.m.  
Blogger Lou said...

I still have the old Zig&Zag tape with their Eurovision offering, if memory serves it goes:

Ooh lala le loo
Sacre Bleu
Ecoute repetelle e 1992
In a European LOVE groove

Classic, it should have been entered...

11:06 a.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Great news. Only Dustin will have the bottle on live TV to call the Serbs to task for their war crimes. The song title should be "It's lonely 'round the fields of Srebrenica"

12:01 p.m.  
Anonymous eva said...

"I am doing this for Ireland," he said.


12:09 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

The "all kinds of everything" Dana, who was in the papers last weekend staging a comeback! Har - as if - maybe they should send her along to duet with the turkey! I didn't know there was another Dana

12:29 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the block voting cartels Eurovision has become an embarrassment for a whole new set of reasons. The only way to compete with this is to arrange similar west European rigging cartels or send entries that take the piss and devalue the competition.

My personal preference would be for Borat to represent the UK.

1:10 p.m.  
Blogger The Bad Ambassador said...

FMC - does anybody actually consider the Eurovision a cultural event?

I'd normally make some yoghurt gag at this point but.... meh!

1:25 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

He's got balls for a turkey in fairness, I like that he's offered the "wing of friendship to former 'Late Late Show' music director and Progressive Democrat, eh, candidate, Frank McNamara".

Oh Borat hosting would make my evening. I must admit I love Eurovision Night, So cheesy and OTT. I usually watch it with the gays drunk off my noggin. It is THE only way to enjoy it.

2:57 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

But seriously, how bad was that entry for us last year? I mean...really, what were they thinking?

2:58 p.m.  
Blogger Caro said...

I still think "My Lovely Horse" was a great song.

3:09 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I would LOVE to see that as an entry. But the sparkly pizzaz version. 'Where are you going with you fetlocks flowing, like a train through the night Like a train through the Niiiiiiight!' Then the solo, oh snarf. we'd run away with it.
Ah, poor Ted.

3:36 p.m.  
Anonymous jen said...

How funny would it be if Dustin made it through to the big night and scored more points than last year's entry?

Although, being from the UK, I can't really titter too much - we had Gemini represent us a couple of years ago... That was beyond bad.

My Lovely Horse gets my vote!

3:56 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

That is one ugly fucking bird.

My Lovely Horse it is.

4:11 p.m.  
Anonymous Sam, problemchildbride said...

I experienced a weekend of serious Eurovision fandom in a high rise near Canary Wharf one February weekend in 1994. Don't ask why I was there.

The men were all in various stages of opening the closet - some full on, some - like the fellow I was there with - in complete denial. There were a few poppy Sonia type women there too.

Everyone was lovely but they sat for days watching old Eurovisions, critiquing and singing along to say, Greece '88 or Norway '82.

It was a truly bizarre weekend in a slightly disturbing sub-culture. They'd come from all over the country to sit in this flat. They even drew the curtains to watch it. Here they were with this amazing view of London's docklands and the Wharf and they were dancing around in tungsten to the Eurovision.

5:04 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...


My lovely horse, for anyone who needs a refresher.

Gemini-golly I had almost forgotten about them-almost.
Medbh, I concur. It's a masterpiece.

Sam, I'm telling you, it's the only way to watch it. It's becomes almost other worldly, the poring over outfits, the cringing, the pouring of drinks as each song is preformed, the worship of Wogan and his barely contained glee at how terrible some of the entries are. It's terrific fun.

5:11 p.m.  
Anonymous laughykate said...

The turkey has surely got to take the competiton out. He's got an Irish accent for god's sake. No one will listen what his actually coming out of his mouth, they'll just hear how it sounds.

When the big guy upstairs, or whoever it was who made those decisions, was handing out accents - you guys were definitely first in line.

7:24 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Oh Lordy! We sure as shit don't sound like Tom Far and away Cruise and that's for sure.
Bleee, I have to go the bigger of the cats just went 'parp.' Abandon stations! Get the gas masks!

7:30 p.m.  
Anonymous Sam, Problemchildbride said...

I never missed it myself when I was home, but this wasn't even Eurovision weekend. That isn't the oddest part though. The oddest part was that there was no alcohol. We were drinking tee and OJ and the levels of glee and bitching were maintained at the level of a 4-large -wine-glass-evening!


7:31 p.m.  
Anonymous laughykate said...

I think you can safely say Mr Creepy Old Alien sucessfully butchered your accent in that film. Surprised no one went after him for doing so.

7:50 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

We might have-in fact some of us were planning a raid with soap and water- but then Brad Pitt did The Devil's Own and Richard Gear did The Jackal and we gave up and started watching and trying to copy The OC.

Sam! no Alcohol? During the eurovision? Are you quite barking mad? That's torture.

7:58 p.m.  
Blogger Manuel said...

I wouldn't waste two fingers on Phil Fucking Coulter when one would do just fine......

12:39 a.m.  
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