Engelbert Humperdinck: UK’s Eurovision Entry
The Eurovision song contest has never been known as a credible showcase of talent, especially when it comes to the British entries! Even the word ‘Eurovision’ is enough to make many Brits cringe and our recent track record in the competition is hardly something to be proud of. However could our secret weapon to at last enjoy some Eurovision success be the granddad of pop Engelbert Humperdinck?
When it comes to Eurovision, in recent years the UK have generally failed to get into the top twenty. We hit an all-time low back in 2003 when the entry from ‘Jemini’ received a grand total of ‘nul points’ leaving the Liverpudlian duo slightly red faced. Subsequent entries have done little to redeem our Eurovision prowess, and even established pop band Blue only managed to place 11th last year with their entry ‘I Can’. They even placed below tragic duo Jedward’s entry ‘Lipstick’; incidentally the huge haired brothers of pop will again represent Ireland in this year’s competition.
Fear not, as the one and only Engelbert Humperdinck will represent the UK at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Engelbert, who is now 75, has been in the studio in London working on his next album to be produced by Grammy award-winning Martin Terefe (Train/James Morrison) and featuring songs by Dan Wilson (Adele/Dixie Chicks). For the contest he will perform a new song he has been working on from Terefe and Ivor Novello winner Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt/Lana Del Rey), which is to be recorded shortly.
In a statement Mr Humperdinck said, “I am so thrilled to have been asked by the BBC to represent the UK at Eurovision 2012, without hesitation I happily accepted. I will proudly represent my country in song! This is a competition steeped in tradition and is one of the few remaining that is for the country as opposed to a talent search like Idol, X Factor or The Voice (which I am also a big fan of all 3 shows). Plus it gives me the opportunity to represent the country in something I'm relatively good at, otherwise it would have to be at Darts”!
The last time the UK won Eurovision was all the way back in 1997 when Katrina and the Waves topped the scoreboard with their entry 'Love Shine A Light'. This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan and the final will take place on the 26th of May. While it isn’t the same without Sir Terry Wogan, the BBC’s broadcast of the show is still sure to be worth a watch, even if it’s just to laugh at some of the more eclectic entries! Who knows, Engelburt may even be able to end our recent run of poor scores and win the competition for the UK!