Engelbert To Represent UK At Eurovision Song Contest

AT 75-years-old, Engelbert Humperdinck is the choice to represent the UK in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The BBC’s choice surprised some fans by choosing Humperdinck – real name Arnold Dorsey – who has not had a hit for almost 40 years ago, as Britain’s entry in the 2012 contest.

Humperdink famously beat the Beatles to the No 1 spot in the UK charts in 1967, but is probably best known for his 1967 song Release Me. Humperdink said he was honored to be representing his country and was “raring to go.”

The BBC might be hoping that Humperdinck will be able to draw on his large international fan club to boost the UK’s voting total in the lighthearted contest that many believe is determined by regional sympathies and animosities. Britain hasn’t won at Eurovision for 15 years.

Humperdinck has sold more than 150m albums in a career spanning six decades but younger viewers could be forgiven for not recognising hits such as After the Lovin’ and The Last Waltz. Previous winners of the contest include ’60s chanteuse Lulu, Sweden’s ABBA – victors in 1974 with Waterloo – and Canada’s Celine Dion, who triumphed for Switzerland in 1988.

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in May in Baku, Azerbaijan.


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