Engelbert Humperdinck is the surprise choice as this year’s UK act for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The 75-year-old veteran crooner will go up against Irish pair Jedward, who will represent Ireland for a second year.
He will sing a song that’s been written by Grammy winner Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek, who co-wrote James Blunt’s hit ‘You’re Beautiful’.The contest will take place in Baku in Azerbaijan in May
“Not since the 70s have we had such an established international musical legend represent the nation,” said a BBC spokesperson. “We couldn’t be more delighted. Engelbert’s experience leaves us in no doubt that he will be able to deliver a standout performance in front of 120 million viewers worldwide.”
Engelbert Humperdinck added: “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!”
It’s hoped that the singer, real name Arnold George Dorsey, will do better that last year’s entrants Blue, who limped in at number 11.
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