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BBC Eurovision Nora | 23:08 UK time, Friday, 18 May 2012

We've finally arrived in Azerbaijan. What was once a disparate group of BBC producers, presenters and performers is now the official UK Delegation or Team Hump. And this is how we got here...

Scott Mills, Engelbert Humperdinck and Sara Cox

Talent in Terminal One! Scott, Engelbert and Sara

At Heathrow before our six hour flight to Baku the ever-affable Engelbert poses with excitable fans. Only to find out he's also forming part of the in-flight entertainment with a full page spread in the airline magazine.

Engelbert feature in magazine

Life meets art at 2,000 feet

Before landing the captain makes an announcement, wishing Engelbert all the best for his Eurovision bid, the plane errupts with applause. Engelbert resists the temptation to sing "Please Release... The Doors".

In arrivals at the airport Engelbert is greeted by the Azeri press and the curious site of a fleet of London Hackney Carriages, making us feel quite at home.

He's big in Baku too!

"You'll never guess who I had in the back of my cab"

At the hotel it's time to get some rest ahead of Engelbert's first rehearsal on Saturday. Let the Eurovision journey begin. To Baku and beyond!

Engelbert's pass

Accreditation is what you need


  • Comment number 1.

    Looking forward to seeing this year's Eurovision - I am sure Azerbaijan will want to pull out all the stops and put on a real show. I am fully prepared with my 2012 Eurovision Song Contest drinking game (not sure if links are allowed here so just google 'oliver davies' and 'eurovision' and you'll find it!) - it's going to be a blast! :-)

  • Comment number 2.

    London to Baku yes so what just get on a plane, then u will get to Baku. You make it sound such an ordeal to get there, yes a 6 hr flight lets just hope Australia dont get to enter the contest then u will have a long flight. Infact by the time E.H. got to Australia he would be another year older.Apart from that a nice article i like the pictures poor H.E. looks a bit tired, oh and where can i see them taxi cabs yes lets think where i have seen them yes London.


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