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Archives for April 2012

Engelbert's European Promotion

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BBC Eurovision Gemma BBC Eurovision Gemma | 16:50 UK time, Monday, 30 April 2012

The second phase of European promotion is now in full swing for Engelbert.

Following on from his interview with Serbia's most popular newspaper Blic, The Hump has graced the radio waves of Malta for an interview with Calypso Radio.

Check out the interview below...

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And make sure you look out for other exclusives from the road to Baku coming VERY soon.

Take a tour of the new BBC Eurovision website!

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BBC Eurovision Gemma BBC Eurovision Gemma | 16:47 UK time, Wednesday, 25 April 2012

It's been just over a week since the new look BBC Eurovision website surfaced and we thought you might want a bit of a BBC tour guide. So let me show you around...

As ever, you will be able to find all our 42 country profiles including some fun facts and of course their 2012 Eurovision video.

Throughout the build up to the Song Contest we will have exclusive videos which will live on our clips page. You'll also be able to keep up to date with our UK campaign using the blog so expect a whole host of breaking news, exclusive gossip and all the backstage access you'll ever need!

There's also the chance to take a trip down memory lane with our previous UK entries. Go right back to Ronnie Caroll, relive Cliff's performances or even have a look at those fascinating hairstyles from the 80s.

And don't worry it doesn't end there, for we are the website that just keeps on giving! The Party Pack and EuroHistory section will soon be online and ready for all you lucky fans to use. We've even been working on a few additions that will really Engelbert your celebrations up.

So feel free to have a poke around during your a leisurely lunchtime or for your evening entertainment. And remember you can always get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook or indeed the blog itself.

Engelbert's March Promotion

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BBC Eurovision Gemma BBC Eurovision Gemma | 13:29 UK time, Monday, 23 April 2012

Back in late March we announced the UK entry for Eurovision 2012 and so began the first phase of Engelbert's promotion.

From The One Show, to BBC Breakfast. From Radio 5 live to ITV's This Morning, The Hump got everywhere! We were lucky enough to accompany him during this whirlwind promotions tour to film an exclusive behind the scenes for all you lucky fans.

This won't be the last you see of Hump's promotion. The second phase has already begun; an interview in Serbia's most popular newspaper Blic, chats with Latvian and Maltese press with many more coming very soon so watch this space.

While you wait, check out our exclusive video as we followed Engelbert in his Eurovision 2012 promotion.

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What makes a Eurovision hit?

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BBC Eurovision Nora | 17:38 UK time, Friday, 13 April 2012

To celebrate the launch of our brand spanking new Eurovision site AND... the news that 'Love Will Set You Free' has made Radio 2's A list playlist. We thought we'd reminisce about some of the highs and lows of previous UK Entries. How well they fair in the UK Top 40? Here's a chart rundown pop-pickers...

It's no surprise to hear Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz (Making Your Mind Up) and Brotherhood of Man (Save All Your Kisses for Me) had number one hits off the back of their Eurovision wins. But did you know Katrina and The Waves only reached Number 3 with 'Love Shine a Light' despite trouncing the competition in 1997?

Katrina and the Waves

Katrina and the Waves

And what about those Eurovision hits, embraced by the British public but dismissed by the other 'active members of the European Broadcasting Union'? Often cited as the 'best UK Eurovision song, NEVER to win'; Gina G's 'Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit' reached 8th place in the 1996 Contest - was not only a UK Number 1, but made the US top 20 too.

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, the UK has finished second place in Eurovision an incredible, record breaking 15 times, but that doesn't mean automatic chart success either. No prizes for coming second. Step forward UK Eurovision runners-up, Michael Ball, Sonia and Scott Fitzgerald, who peaked at 20, 15 and 52 in the UK Top 40 respectively.

So... is this the year Engelbert Humperdinck can achieve the double whammy of UK Number 1 and triumph as Eurovision winner in 2012? Let us know. What Eurovision entries do you think deserved better chart success?

Engelbert Humperdinck on The One Show

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BBC Eurovision Gemma BBC Eurovision Gemma | 15:17 UK time, Wednesday, 11 April 2012

In March, Engelbert Humperdinck appeared on BBC's The One Show. To celebrate this exciting visit, reporter Alex Riley travelled to Eurovision 2012's host city Baku, to rally some support for The Hump.

Alex quickly discovers that there are already plenty of Dinck fans living in Azerbaijan! Check out this clip from The One Show and meet some extraordinary devotee's of our 2012 UK representative.

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