Saturday 10 December 2016

'Just stick Johnny Logan in a shopping trolley and have the craic' - Dustin the Turkey on how to win the Eurovision

Geraldine Gittens

Published 13/05/2016 | 10:19

Nicky Byrne on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm (AP)
Nicky Byrne on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm (AP)

Dustin the Turkey has said Ireland needs another gimmick in order to win the Eurovision.

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The funnyman made a plea to Johnny Logan to “please come” and help Ireland win the Eurovision, but he blamed block voting as the reason why Ireland hasn’t won the contest in over 20 years.

Last night, former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne failed to qualify for the final with the hit "Sunlight".

“I’ve always said there’s three things RTE can’t do – television, radio and the Eurovision,” he told Newstalk Breakfast's Ivan Yates this morning.

“Johnny will you please come and help salvage this?”

“Maybe that’s the winning combination: Linda Martin and Johnny Logan, who is a well balanced man because he has a chip on each shoulder.”

“I think we have to do another good gimmick. I don’t think a good song is going to win it anymore.”

“Just stick Johnny Logan in a shopping trolley and have the craic.”

“I think we have to come up with another clever idea… It’s a big barking mad party and I think we’ve got to get a little bit madder.”

The turkey predicted that Russia will win this year’s contest with their song by Sergey Lazarev,  "You Are the Only One".

He joked: “As the sort of two fingers to Europe, we’re going to leave Marty Whelan in Sweden and that would serve them right.”

“When I went they actually started inventing new countries. There’s no place in Europe called Azerbaijan… Then they start goin and bringing Australia in.”

“Russia will win definitely – it’s all political.”

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