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Engelbert Humperdinck for Eurovision 2012!

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BBC Eurovision Nora | 20:45 UK time, Thursday, 1 March 2012

After much speculation the BBC are proud to announce that musical legend Engelbert Humperdinck will fly the flag for Britain, as our entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012!

And what a song it promises to be. Engelbert will be representing the UK with a track produced by Grammy award-winning Martin Terefe (Mary J Blige, James Morrison) and co-written by Martin and Ivor Novello winner Sacha Skarbek (Adele, Lana Del Rey, James Blunt). The track is being recorded in London, L.A and Nashville.

With a gobsmacking 45 year career as one of Britain's best-loved artists, there couldn't be a more experienced performer to hold the torch for the UK's Eurovision bid in 2012. In the past few months alone, Engelbert has performed to loyal fans in Russia, Romania, Israel, Belgium and The Netherlands. On singing for Britain, Engelbert says...

"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!"

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck - singing for Britain!

So here are ten things you need to know about Engelbert Humperdink or as we affectionately like to call him... 'The Hump'.

His real name is Gerry Dorsey

One of Engelbert's iconic 'looks' was stolen by Elvis

He's sold 150 million records worldwide

Jarvis Cocker is a fan

He sang 'Lesbian Seagull' for Beavis and Butthead

He held The Beatles' 'Penny Lane' off the No 1 spot in the charts

He's broken a musical Guinness World Record

Jimi Hendrix was once his guitarist

He once owned Jayne Mansfield's former home, the 'Pink Palace'

He's never been to Spain (ok, we're stretching it a bit here)


  • Comment number 1.

    Are the BBC actually having a laugh!!!

    Either bring back A Song for Europe/MYMU or let ITV take over!!!

  • Comment number 2.

    Engelbert is 75 (born 2 May 1936), and the Eurovision Song Contest is still a while away. I don't want to be tactless, but shouldn't the UK have a back-up entry, just in case?

    Also, if he wins, will this be the oldest winner yet of the Eurovision?

  • Comment number 3.

    Year on year less effort from the BBC. Now the fourth year in a row with no public input on the choice of the UK song. Poland have withdrawn from the contest this year because of Euro 2012. Maybe the BBC should do likewise re the Olympics if this barrel scraping is all they can come up with.

  • Comment number 4.

    Absoloutly shocking, He is a very talented singer and very well known. But eurovision has been for the past few years very pop orientated young and trendy you can't expect to break the mold with this fella clearly the public isn't backing this I know i'm certainly not.

    With the olympics and diamond jubilee this year it's a perfect occasion to show the UK as a young hip place to be not stuck in the past which you have clearly done, Whilst europe might be a politics bunch of nonsense it would still be nice to atleast show why we have top musical artists in the world today not from back in the 60's and 70's the BBC should really be ashamed.

  • Comment number 5.

    Are the BBC starting a new 1st March Fools day tradition???

    Who on earth picked him? What criteria were used (other than 'are you availble for a week in the middle of May?').

    What sort of message does this send to the world? That in 2012 there are no up and coming performers that can represent the UK?

    Or maybe the strategy is to win by gathering the middle aged women vote from all across Europe?

  • Comment number 6.

    NIL POINTS!! If this is how the BBC want the UK to be represented (at THEIR choice and NOT at the choice of the LICENCE PAYERS) then pass the reigns to ITV! I can not believe this the "best" you can come up with!! The BBC really should just wake up and give up their illusion that they "know the UK opinion". I certainly won't be watching this humiliation on TV

  • Comment number 7.

    Nice joke, but you're a month early!!

  • Comment number 8.

    Checkmate Europe.

  • Comment number 9.

    How on earth did you come up with The Hump!-good choice 30 years ago....but .....TOTALLY GOBSMACKED!

  • Comment number 10.

    what will he do sing from his coffin. really disgausted the bbc has no class or knows what it takes to win wueovision. Laughling stock yet again nil points

  • Comment number 11.

    This is an absolute joke. There are so many excellent up and coming songwriters in this country and some fantastic young talent. Why oh why are we parading this old timer out? Disgusting. Bring it back to a proper national song writing contest, with unknown performers and give the unsigned talent in this country a chance rather than paying some old codger to zimmer on the stage. UK entry 2012... the laughing stock of Europe.

  • Comment number 12.

    Exactly one month ahead of April's Fools Day. Moreover, I find it very funny that you indicate the full name of him as "Engelbert Humperdink" as I remember very well that there have been legal disputes with the descendants of the well known opera composer of the same name explicitly forbidding the use of that name. AFAIK the court sentence has been accepted and so his name is "Engelbert" only.

  • Comment number 13.

    In 1982 the EBU set the maximum age for a performer at 60. BBC - Check the EBU rule book before making silly press releases.

  • Comment number 14.

    When will we actually hear the song so we can be sure one way or another?

  • Comment number 15.

    An absolute disgrace. BBC... Hand the mantle of the Eurovision to Channel 4. Be done with it... and continue with your cheap TV. Entering The Crankees, next year?

  • Comment number 16.

    @Emmett - Has that been overruled? I'm thinking of the Granddad who represented an ex Yugoslav nation in recent years (can't remember which nation but it was in reference to an 'answer' to 50 cent).

  • Comment number 17.

    I still can't help but feel disappointed by this, but let's see how it goes. The song cud be great. And he can sing and has the experience. We wanted sumone credible, he may not be as credible in the UK as others but in Europe it may well be a different story. More relevant wud b good but let's not knock it.

    Finally don't bring bac MYMU. The British public can hardly be trusted with the decision. We voted for absolute cheese or becos we liked the act. It was better when we had one act and had to pick one of their songs. Next year I'm hoping for a supergroup of Gina G, Jade and Imaani for a collaboration. Think about it BBC for 2013. Even more so if we win 2012.

  • Comment number 18.

    Great choice! From "Dommage Dommage" in the sixties to his current songs, I have always been impressed by his music. Hopefully a new generation will rediscover the same.

  • Comment number 19.

    I can't believe a lot of these ageist comments on here. Show some respect! Engelbert is a huge recording artist with bags of experience so I firmly believe the BBC have chosen a quality performer. Good luck in Baku Engelbert!

  • Comment number 20.

    "(Adele, Lana Del Ray, James Blunt)"

    You mean Lana del REY.

  • Comment number 21.

    Have the BBC given up? It's clear that Ireland are gonna win with Jedward so maybe they decided to send send someone just to make up the numbers. Because otherwise they would send someone current like Cher Lloyd who has got a no.1 single with 'Swagger Jagger' and get her to sing a song from her album that is eligible for Eurovision.

  • Comment number 22.

    Please please would somebody show the BBC the high quality and credibility of songs in the Swedish competition to select a song for Eurovision? The show lacked all credibility ten years ago and is now watched by half the country and produces chart-topping hits and songs which do well in Eurovision.

    The BBC is one of the world's biggest and best broadcasters in a country famed for its musical talent. If it wanted, it could knock spots off even Sweden's Melodifestivalen and be in the top five year after year.

    But no, we have to take this outdated "we're better than Europe so let's not even try to compete and just send something ironic draped in a Union flag" approach, and then when inevitably no-one votes for us we cry foul.

    Blue and Jade were honourable exceptions, but that's just a small fraction of what could be achieved with just a bit of effort and budget.

    Please, someone at the BBC watch a video or two at [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator].

  • Comment number 23.

    My link was to Swedish public broadcaster SVT and their version of the Song for Europe contest. Not what I would describe as an unsuitable URL but never mind.

  • Comment number 24.

    Hello :Dd

  • Comment number 25.

    Well done to the BBC for picking Engelbert for the Eurovision. you all say why not have the young ones again. But just look outside and see how the young people behave in the street,,,,look at the rubbish on tv all made by the young. Not mutch for the older ones to watch. ( the soaps for a start people are not like that,, but that unreal rubbish is on nearly every night.) Just look how the young act. again look how the older ones are spoken to in the street,, Well done BBc lets have some good singing instead silly sexy movments to some noise. Its time people in the country woke up acted properly and be respectfully again.

  • Comment number 26.

    For the 15th time, UK have not won it! TBH Jedward will get way more points because Europe only likes young people, not someone who is 75! But at least we haven't chose Jemini!

  • Comment number 27.

    I was hoping to say the hype and wait was worth it !!...nope....you are just making fans really mad BBC...we take flack off every country for not taking Eurovision seriously...and yet we pile money in being one of the big 5 we finance another 40+ countries to take the mick out of us....I have nothing again'st old HUMPY...but read the websites..already we are lined up to be last again and nobody has even heard the song yet!!

    When it has taken so long to hear who the chosen representative was you had us all holding our breath that it was going to be a fantastic big event with public votes and a hugh build up..oh no....again no interest in the publics view or thoughts...
    Either listen to us or give the show to itv

  • Comment number 28.

    #21 Jedward didn't win last year so why will they win this year?

    BTW last year Jedward came 8th and Blue came 11th with 19 points difference.

  • Comment number 29.

    What a complete and total disaster, what on earth is happening at the BBC?

    We might as well wheel a dinosaur from the National History Museum on stage. The UK are looking more irrelevant than ever. Especially when you look at the standard of this years entries.

    I thought you were supposed to be our BBC, if that's the case let us choose the song for Europe!

  • Comment number 30.

    I think everyone needs to stop getting so worked up (especially Rodent!). This is Eurovision we are talking about folks! It's just a song contest and hopefully will provide another great night of fun and patriotism across Europe. So whether you love or hate Englebert and the song (when we hear it), organise a Eurovision party, get behind him and raise your glassses for another drink each time he gets 'douze' or 'nil' points...and by the end of the voting we'll all be so merry it won't matter whether he comes first, last, gets beaten by Jedward or even falls off the stage. Go Englebert!!

  • Comment number 31.

    I literally cannot believe all the comments I am reading.
    First of all, Engelbert's age is really not important. There have been many entrants into Eurovision in the last few years who have been of quite some age, and they all do pretty well.
    Secondly, of course the BBC takes these decisions seriously. ESC has moved on in the last few years, away from what it used to be. Changing the way our decision is made had to be done because the we quite clearly haven't been making the right decisions. Scooch, flying the flag? Yes, that was a fun song, but we quite clearly weren't taking ESC "seriously" if we entered that.
    Third of all, you all talk about winning? Well the winners of ESC in the last few years, have been the ones that are either already quite well known, or get themselves out there straight away and make a name for themselves. Lena's "Satellite" was already acheveing number 1 across Europe before ESC even took place. Maybe that is something we should be aiming to do if we want to win so badly? Since when did entering ESC be all about winning anyway. I thought it was all just a good laugh to get all of Europe together and show a bit of national pride on the day.
    But, we the British public, yet again, have demonstrated how quick to criticise we are and how rude we can be. You are all a bunch of pessimists who need to fill up your glass. As 'graybags' put it, throw a party and get everyone merry.
    I personally hope Engelbert is a runaway winner because that would really show you all up, and highlight just how idiotic you are all being. I usually don't care who we enter, as winning is completely pointless to me...I'll watch it regardless!
    And BY THE WAY...I was born in 1993 and had no idea of the huge stardom that was Engelbert...I feel it's time to show that young people aren't all as bad as the media makes out.


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