Cult puppet figure Dustin The Turkey has won the chance to represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in May. Dustin, a huge star in his home country, swept to victory with the song Irelande Douze Points in the Irish national final, held in Limerick on Saturday night. However the puppet’s victory has ruffled a few feathers, with audience members cheering and booing him in equal measure as he took to the stage – while the joke was lost on a judging panel which included X Factor judge Louis Walsh and former Irish Eurovision winner Dana. “I’m stuck for words,” the singer said after Dustin’s performance, while Louis said people would “either love it or hate it. But it’s not suitable for Eurovision,” he added. The bookies have other ideas, with William Hill installing Dustin as the early favourite to win the contest. “These days you have to be either from the old Eastern Bloc or have a great gimmick to win Eurovision,” said spokesman Tony Kenny, “and a singing turkey will possibly be one of the most bizarre things that a Eurovision audience will ever see.” Ireland are the most successful Eurovision country in the contest’s history, having won eight times – but last year they finished last with just five points. This year’s contest will be held in Belgrade on May 24 Dustin will compete in the first of two semi-finals, on May 20, to try and win a place in the final.