Engelbert Humperdinck in front of the Union flag
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Engelbert Humperdinck UK's Eurovision act

2 March 2012 Last updated at 03:37 GMT

British singer Engelbert Humperdinck has been named as the artist who will represent the UK in this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The 75-year-old, dubbed the "King of Romance", is best known for 1967's Release Me, which kept The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever off the number one spot.

The singer said it was "an absolute honour" to be taking part and was "excited and raring to go".

Anthony Bartram reports.