Humperdinck turns 76: I'm energised

Humperdinck turns 76: I'm energised
Engelbert Humperdinck. Photo: Ian Derry
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Yesterday the United Kingdom's entrant, Engelbert Humperdinck, turned 76 and our colleagues at Danish broadcaster DR spoke to him about his career, his age and his participation in Europe's Favourite TV Show. See what he had to say!

The news travelled around the world when the BBC in March surprisingly announced veteran singer Engelbert Humperdinck as the UK’s Eurovision contestant.

"It was an overwhelmingly positive response. I felt like an athlete, wherever I went in the UK people would stop to shake my hand and wish me luck. I would like to thank the UK and European press for all their support and my fans in Europe; I hope they will remember my songs and give me their support", he says in an interview with the official website of Denmark's national broadcaster DR.

Humperdinck, who turned 76 yesterday, isn’t quite sure why the BBC picked him, but he knew immediately what his answer would be.

Truely European Artist

"I have a lot of fans in the Eurovision countries, and it's one of those things that has seemed perfect for me to be involved in for a long time", he says.

"The BBC approached my manager, and when I heard about it I said yes immediately. I can't say why they picked me, but it's a tremendous honour to represent my country at Eurovision this year. I want to bring this home!"

Engelbert Humperdinck is the oldest solo artist to compete in Eurovision history, but he doesn’t see his age as a disadvantage – quite the contrary.

"It's very exciting to bring my music to the next generation of fans", says the veteran singer, who has sold more than 150 million records worldwide,

"I'm energised and excited about Eurovision; it's going to be a lot of fun this year more than ever. It makes me feel happy that I can represent my country at this stage in my career. I have been in the business for over 45 years. Perhaps I have some experience to share with the younger performers".

Humperdinck has some advice for the young competitors.

"Focus on the performance, don't let the millions watching put you off, and have a great team around you to support you through it".

See Engelbert performing Love Will Set You Free below:

The King of Romance

Engelbert Humperdinck's Eurovision song Love Will Set You Free has been partly recorded in Nashville, Tennesee – the home of US country music – and this has contributed to its sound.

"Yes, absolutely. Also the producing /songwriting team Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek are some of the best in the business and have worked with the best artists in the world like Adele, Mary J. Blige and James Morrison. It's a beautifully crafted song".

"I have represented romance all my life, some have called me the 'King of romance'. When people hear romantic songs they fall in love. The song couldn't be better suited to me".

The United Kingdom has finished last in three contests in the past decade, and Humperdinck is determined to change this disappointing statistic.

"The United Kingdom can definitely win Eurovision again. As I understand it, the voting system changed a few years ago, and now juries are more involved in the votes. Since then the UK has had better results. What's to stop the UK being top 10 this year? We could win, I definitely think it's possible".

Humperdinck has his first rehearsal on stage at the Baku Crystal Hall on the 19th of May, one week before the final.

"I am looking forward to getting to Baku, I can't wait!"

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We would like to thank our colleagues at DR for providing this interview and remember that the United Kingdom will open the final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest at the Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan on the 26th of May.


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  • Posted on 9/May 2012 at 01:02
    @SHI95

    Are you full of prejudices?
    I have read many rude comments from some Spanish, so I answered to some of them.
    Well, I'm not really a fan of Humperdinck's song , so I expressed my opinion.

    You're imagining about Germany. Roman's song is my favourite this year as the song from The Netherlands. Last year Blue from UK were my favourites. So, your opinion is untrue. You know, Uk is one of the countries that never gave any points to Serbia since its debut. Serbia gave 8 points to Jade (UK) in 2009, for instance. So, what do you think of yourself, now? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/May 2012 at 22:04
    I am very pleased with BBC's choice of Singers to represent the United Kingdom. Engelbert Humperdinck is a wonderful singer, his forty five plus years of experience, the energy, dedication and love for his country ~ not to mention a voice that is as powerful and true as it was all those years ago. I think many people are going to be quite amazed - when they see and hear Engelbert singing " Love Will Set You Free." report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/May 2012 at 09:16
  • Posted on 6/May 2012 at 20:51
    I seriously love this song. ESCs always consists of dance genre songs but this song is unique, different and BETTER than the rest. Us Brits can be pretty sure that the hump will deliver. If this song was sang by a former soviet state or another country not in the big 5, the song would have recieved a better reaction. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/May 2012 at 18:12
    This is one of the worst songs ever entered by the UK. Thanks a whole bunch BBC! Who put you in charge of choosing our song? Embarrassing......... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/May 2012 at 17:33
    Hopefully Scotland will send their own entry in the future when it becomes a separate country in 2015! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/May 2012 at 17:32
    1Soul as usual you and your "Eastern nieghbours" will tarnish and ruin Spain, UK and Germanys possibilities of geting into the top ten as usual, its sad that countries like Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, UK in particular get underated. UK where underated in 2005 and 2008, Spain 2009, Netherlands 2007, 2008, and 2005, Portugal most years except 2011. Eurovision is still a great "Slavic" stich up contest! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5/May 2012 at 12:23
    great choice england!!...next year it would be better to send One Direction @ Eurovision..!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5/May 2012 at 02:05
    76 really?? Woah!! he looks younger........this song is really good, one of my favorites, and thank God this is in the final, so I wish you good luck Mr. Humperdinck I hope you get a lot of points!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/May 2012 at 17:05
    WHAAAATT!!!??? OMG His birthday is the same like mine bday!!!! :D Goosebumps!
    I feel very happy! This notice made my day! He's Taurus like me!! Persistent people! =)
    WOW, I thought that he was more younger!!!.
    His song is really beautiful, the lyrics are great!!! I know that UK will go far this year!

    The best of lucks Engelbert!!! =)

    GO UK!! ♥ The best of lucks, I believe in you! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/May 2012 at 13:30
    1soul...that's a bit harsh I think. Both the United Kingdom and Spain have good songs which I believe are both worthy of top 5 finishes. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/May 2012 at 13:19
    I've never heard of him before this contest.
    I predict 20-26 place in final for the Uk together with spain... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/May 2012 at 10:59
    Am I the only person who has noticed that Sweden usually relies on wind machines? This year's witch is is no exception. Long she live in hell! Love our Engelbert! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/May 2012 at 08:00
    I must say it was a pretty smart move for the U.K. to internally select this guy. I've been watching a lot of interviews in Eurovision.tv and lot of them seem to know Humperdinck.

    Hope he scores well in the finals and that the interest for the U.K. artists to participate in Eurovision will be renewed. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/May 2012 at 02:56
    English with British accent! That is it! :D Songs from UK are always great, so I think that this song will be high :D report to the moderator