Engelbert Humperdinck is United Kingdom entrant!

Engelbert Humperdinck is United Kingdom entrant!
Engelbert Humperdinck: Image courtesy of BBC
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The BBC has announced that international musical legend Engelbert Humperdinck will represent the United Kingdom in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

Humperdinck calls for Britain to get behind him as he flies the flag for the nation on the 26th May at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku. The song he will be performing has yet to be announced, but it will be recorded in London, Los Angeles and Nashville. It will be produced by Grammy award-winning Martin Terefe and written by Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek.

In an illustrious career spanning over 45 years, Britain’s own Engelbert Humperdinck has sold over 150 million records worldwide, received four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of the Year, 63 gold and 24 platinum records and is one of only a handful of artists with a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Las Vegas Walk of Fame. To this day, Humperdinck has remained a global star, he is often on the road and in the past year alone he has performed in major venues in the United Kingdom, Russia, Netherlands, Belgium, Romania and Israel.

Katie Taylor, BBC Head of Entertainment and Events says: "Not since the 1970s have we had such an established international musical legend represent the nation. We couldn't be more delighted. Engelbert's experience leaves us in no doubt that he will be able to deliver a standout performance in front of 120 million viewers worldwide."

Derek McLean BBC Creative Director Entertainment says: “Engelbert has an incredible musical history and heritage, especially in the United Kingdom and Europe. He’s working with some of the best people in music to come up with the United Kingdom’s song for this year’s Eurovision. We’re very proud to have him on board.”

Engelbert Humperdinck added “It’s an absolute honour to be representing my country for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. When the BBC approached me, it just felt right for me to be a part of an institution like Eurovision. I’m excited and raring to go and want the nation to get behind me!”

Producer and writer Martin Terefe has worked with the likes of James Morrison, KT Tunstall and Mary J Blige, while co-writer, the Ivor Novello award winner Sacha Skarbek has worked with Adele, Lana Del Ray and with James Blunt with whom he co-wrote You’re Beautiful.


In the past few years, Humperdinck has joined an elite group of musical artists, such as Tony Bennett and Burt Bacharach, who have crossed over successfully to strike a new chord with a younger generation in addition to their core audiences. He has appeared on several MTV programmes, including two appearances on MTV Beach House, Chilling With The Weaze and Oddville and even sang the platinum-selling theme song Lesbian Seagull for the latest Beavis And Butthead movie.

Humperdinck has a small connection with the contest before. In 1971 he achieved top 20 chart success with the song Another Time, Another Place, which had finished joint last in the United Kingdom national final in 1971, when sung by Clodagh Rodgers.

By the time of the Final of Europe's Favourite TV Show on the 26th of May, Humperdinck will be 76 years old, therefore making him one of the oldest principal performers to have competed in the contest.

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  • Posted on 11 May 2012 at 18:42
    just political voting. nothing new report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 April 2012 at 20:17
    Thank you Marie rose from Belgium! I love our Engelbert and want him to win. He is gorgeous. Best entry we have had FOR EVER. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 April 2012 at 20:12
    No matter what, and how many times I listen to this, I STILL LOVE IT, AND ENGELBERT. HE IS BRILLIANT. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 April 2012 at 11:45
    Hi everybody,

    My name is Marie rose, and I'm very proud that Engelbert has been choosen to perform
    for U.K, it's very courageous of him, to have accepted. I'm sure he'll be in the top 10,
    I send him all my wishes to be successful. I love the song, I'm listening it every day!
    People may say he's the oldest, but for me he 'll always be " THE KING OF ROMANCE"
    Go Engelbert go !!! Show them what you are still able to do. ALL THE FANS FROM BELGIUM ARE BEHIND YOU !!!

    MARIE ROSE HANCISSE. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 March 2012 at 09:28
    To the young people who are criticizing the UK being represented by Engelbert: For the last decade you have had your chance and you have sent trash like "Flying the Flag" , That Sounds Good to Me", a band that was apparently trying to emulate Roslana (how uncreative can you get) and a host of others who were just embarrassing.

    I find it difficult to believe that the UK public voted for these songs to represent them and can only think that the voting system cannot have been above board or somebody has been spiking your drinking water. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 March 2012 at 20:39
    The song is nice but it doesn´t stand out the way a winning song does. This is basically an album song. Nevertheless, I´m sure Hump will have a good time and not take it all too seriously. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 March 2012 at 22:44
    Is he the english Elvis? Hope he has a cool pelvis move too.... ;-) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 March 2012 at 17:33
    Age has nothing to do with it . Ive just seen the Russian entry, its prob going to win , on pure novelty no matter how good anything else is.Thats Eurovision ;-)) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 March 2012 at 16:13
    I think it would be better if UK send "One Direction" at Eurovision...You could win for sure!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 March 2012 at 23:24
    Andrzej S

    Don't forget Engelbert is touring across europe to promote his song once its realised and he'll be touring at least two months or so. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 March 2012 at 18:30
    Age, I agree, is immaterial, it all depends on the song and how it is performed on the night of the final but...this is not all. You might have realised that most of the acts are touring their backsides off to promote their songs. We do not even know what he is going to sing.

    This is because they take it sriously (unlike the UK) and want people across Europe to know their song. What do we do....? Nothing. Last year Blue song was released (as far as I remember) a couple of weeeks or so before the contest.

    UK, let's get our heads out of our own backsides and do the slog that the others are doing. Without that, and only depending on the fact that we are the 'UK entry' no wonder we come the bottom of the table. After all, it is waving our flag, no matter how unimportant to many people the contest may seem - it is still representing a nation on international stage. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 March 2012 at 18:06

    There are no age limits in the ESC and the song doesn't have to be pop you know. We did all of that in the past and go nowhere at all. So what if Engelbert is 76 at least he's been around for 45 years and Im sure he knows what he's doing. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 March 2012 at 14:06

    I just saw one man band aid from slovenia, it mad me laugh :)


    I first thought that is their chance, but than i checked and it's really beautiful Eva

    you need to hear it,
    my top three

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRqSuyFH6cQ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 March 2012 at 22:16
    Ohhh.My.Goodness.. why why why?!?!??!?!! Why can't our country realise that in this competition you have to be young, your song has to be pop and you have to be able to bring out a few good dance moves in order to do well, here's to another last place :L report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 March 2012 at 02:54
    Oh my god...Seriously? report to the moderator