Dustin the Turkey

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Dustin the Turkey
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Background information
Born 13 November 1988
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Occupations Singer, TV presenter
Years active 1989–present
Labels FOWL Music Entertainment LLC

Dustin the Turkey is an Irish puppet, "television presenter" and star of RTÉ television's The Den since 1989.[1] A turkey with a strong Dublin accent, Dustin is voiced by John Morrison.[2][3] Dustin first appeared on The Den with Zig and Zag in December 1989, but remained with the show after their 1993 departure to Channel 4.[4] He also outlasted four human co-hosts, all of whom moved to radio, Ian Dempsey, Ray D'Arcy, Damien McCaul and Francis Boylan Jr. Dustin's achievements include a musical career with chart-topping singles. Dustin won the public vote to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song "Irelande Douze Pointe" but failed to progress past the first semi-final stage.[5] In 2008, he made an appearance on British ITV show The Xtra Factor.[6] In June 2012, he made an appearance on The Late Late Show 50th anniversary special.[7]

Music[edit]

Dustin released his Greatest Hits album in 2001. On 4 November 2005, he released his first new single for 4 years, "Patricia the Stripper", a duet with Chris de Burgh aka Christy Burger. On 11 November 2005, he then released a new album, also his first for 4 years, called Bling When You're Minging.

These albums have featured backing vocals from many Irish stars including Ronnie Drew, Bob Geldof, Boyzone and the late Joe Dolan. Many of his songs are parodies of either folk songs or well known chart hits from across the decades. He made the news in Britain in December 1996 when he was number one in Ireland with his songs "Christmas Tree" and "Rat Trap" (a cover version of The Boomtown Rats song which he sang with Bob Geldof, and made fun of him throughout), when in just about every other country the Christmas number one spot went to the Spice Girls with their song "2 Become 1".

Singles[edit]


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Albums[edit]

  • Not Just a Pretty Face
  • Unplucked
  • Faith of Our Feathers
  • Poultry in Motion
  • Dustin's Greatest Hits (Ireland #4)[8]
  • Bling When You're Minging (Ireland #8)[9]

Eurosong and Eurovision Song Contest 2008[edit]

Main article: Eurosong 2008
Dustin the Turkey in the first semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest 2008

Originally the favourite to win, Dustin was chosen by the Irish viewers at Eurosong to represent Ireland in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, becoming the first puppet to do so.[10] Though it was not announced on the Eurosong show how many votes Dustin won, an RTÉ radio show later revealed that the second place had an average of 15 points, while Dustin had 23, so the public really did want to send a puppet to Eurovision. Despite it being a public vote, there was a mixed reaction from the live studio audience when the result was announced, including many audible boos. A panellist on the programme, former Eurovision winner Dana, stated that Ireland would be better withdrawing from the competition than sending Dustin. Despite her lack of support, past Irish Eurovision entries Dickie Rock and Maxi stated their beliefs that Dustin could win.

Dustin performed his song in the first semi-final on 20 May. The song contained, amongst other things, references to Riverdance ("Give us another chance, we're sorry for Riverdance!") and Michael Flatley ( "Sure Flatley he's a yank" ).[11] Dustin failed to progress beyond the Eurovision semi-final.[12]

Political career[edit]

Dustin has often declared his interest in politics. He has campaigned in two presidential elections. He competed as Dustin Hoffman in the 1997 presidential election as both forename and surname were necessary to register. Returning Officers received votes spoiled with his name in more recent elections. He received some support but many of those ballots were also spoiled. In his mock campaigns, he ran as a representative of "Fianna Fowl" (a play on Ireland's former largest political party Fianna Fáil)[13] and also of the 'Poultry Party'. His campaign manifestos have included promising "to bring the DART to Dingle", as well as making sure every young boy in Ireland got to go on a date with the Spice Girl of their choice (later Pussycat Doll) and industrialising all of Ireland's rural areas, while ruralising everywhere else.

He is a UNICEF ambassador.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Dustin is a fan of the Dublin Gaelic football team and English soccer side Manchester United. Dustin's favourite band is Republic of Loose.[15]

Dustin has been an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland since late 2009 and visited the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, where he found out at firsthand the impact of HIV/AIDS on communities and children and ways that UNICEF is working to help very young children cope.[16]

Movies and documentaries[edit]

Dustin made a film titled Dustin in Fowl Play in 2002. In this film, he and his friend, Snotser, put together a boyband called Mankind.

Dustin was also the subject of the documentary Dustin: 20 Years a Pluckin'.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fowl Eurovision entry for Ireland". BBC News. 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  2. ^ The Irish Times article Dustin The Turkey He's not real
  3. ^ The Irish Independent article The birdman of Belgrade
  4. ^ Damian Corless (1 March 2008). "The birdman of Belgrade". Irish Independent. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Irish Turkey Roasted In Belgrade". Sky News. 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  6. ^ The Xtra Factor. 22 November 2008.
  7. ^ "A fitting tribute to Late Late". Evening Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  9. ^ "Dustin The Turkey - Bling When You're Mingin' - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  10. ^ "Ireland gets its Eurovision Turkey". RTÉ. 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  11. ^ Ouzounian, Richard (2009-05-14). "Riverdance: Is this the end of the line?". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  12. ^ "Ireland dumped out of Eurovision". BBC. 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  13. ^ "Dustin the Turkey's Eurovision aim". BBC News. 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  14. ^ "what you can do to help unicef". Irish Independent. 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  15. ^ The band performed their single "I Like Music" on Dustin's The Once a Week Show on 5 April 2008. The episode may be viewed here [1].
  16. ^ Dustin the Turkey returns from his South African mission with UNICEF Ireland

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dervish
with "They Can't Stop The Spring"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
2008
Succeeded by
Sinéad Mulvey and Black Daisy
with "Et Cetera"