King of the crooners, Englebert Humperdinck, has been selected to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Competition next May.
The 75-year-old singer/songwriter is famous for such easy-listening classics as Please Release Me and The Last Waltz, enjoying success predominantly in the 60s and 70s.
The UK has not walked away with a win for 15 years and, unless those crazy European types take to olâ Humperdinckâs warbling ways and crazy name, he will follow in the diabolical footsteps of Scooch, Blue and Andy Abraham.
Speaking to the BBC last night, he said: âWhen the BBC approached me, it just felt right for me to be a part of an institution like the Eurovision.â?
The Hump, as he is known to his friends, will carry the weight of British expectation on his shoulders and will face the biggest performance of his life; over 125 million viewers are expected to tune in for the show.
British hope for a 2012 success should be at an all-time high now that Humpy is on side with decades of experience behind him. After all, his last chart smash reachedâ¦number 20â¦ inâ¦1972…oh dear.
But it is Humperdinck’s international fanbase which is giving critics cause to dream of a UK triumph.
Will Hodgkinson, the Times’ chief rock critic, wrote: “On hearing that Engelbert Humperdinck will represent Britain in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest the first reaction is: is he still alive? The second, more generous reaction is: but of course! Why has it taken us this long to get round to asking him?”
I can think of a few reasons – but GO ENGLEBERT!
This yearâs event will take place on May 26 in everyoneâs favourite Azerbaijani city, Baku.