The Novelty Factor
Posted by Caroline on February 6, 2008
Oh dear. It appears that this craze for novelty songs in Eurovision is one which isn’t going to go away in a hurry. No sooner have Estonia come up with the jaunty, frankly bizarre Leto Svet (featuring foil-wrapped dancers, dodgy-haired men in pastel and one chap trying to, er, have his wicked way with a piano, than confirmation comes from Ireland that local ‘celebrity’ Dustin The Turkey is in the national final- and is hot favourite to win the Irish ticket to Belgrade.
The poultry puppet is hoping for success with Irlande Douze Points, which in its rough form features lyrics about how everybody should vote for Ireland (shades of LT United and Silvia Night perhaps?) , while apologising for Riverdance and paying tribute to Bono’s trousers. We’re not sure what to make of it, since the joke has thus far whizzed over our heads, although to be fair they couldn’t really do any worse than last year (well, all right they could do five points worse, but anyway……).
Quite aside from the suggestion among Team Eurovision that the UK should respond to this reckless behaviour by sending Basil Brush, we can’t help noticing that it seems to be the countries with the least to lose who are sending the more, how shall we say, unusual entries. After all Ireland finished last in 2007 and apart from Brian Kennedy’s top ten finish the previous year they’ve been having a hard time lately trying to recapture the glory days of the 1990s.
As for Estonia, well they’re the only remaining former Soviet state who have yet to make it out of the semi-final, and haven’t seen the top ten of the scoreboard since 2002. Bearing in mind the other countries who have scored with novelty entries in recent years – Lithuania’s LT United and Austria’s Alf Poier spring to mind – perhaps both Ireland and Estonia are hoping that this could be just the thing to revive their Eurovision fortunes. Or perhaps they’ve reached the stage where they’re just happy to send any old nonsense – and potentially do better than when they take it seriously.
There is just one thing we want to know however: if Dustin does triumph in Belgrade, will it be regarded as another victory for Turkey?