Engelbert Humperdinck to Represent U.K. at Eurovision 2012

Ancient crooner Engelbert Humperdinck has been chosen to represent the United Kingdom in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.


At 75, the singer will be the oldest contestant in Eurovision’s 56 year history. Speaking to the BBC, Humperdinck stated:

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

The song chosen for Humperdinck to sing has been co-written by Sacha Skarbek (co-writer of James Blunt’s ‘You’re Beautiful’) and Grammy award winner Martin Terefe, who has worked with Jason Mraz, James Morrison and Jamie Cullum.

The BBC are hoping for the country’s first win since Katrina and the Waves’ ‘Love Shine a Light’ scooped the Eurovision crown in 1997. Head of Entertainment and Events, Katie Taylor, said in a statement: “Not since the ’70s 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.”

This year’s contest will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday 26th May.

Watch a video of 2011′s contest winners, Ell/Nikki, performing ‘Running Scared’ below: