Engelbert Humperdinck to represent UK at Eurovision

Engelbert Humperdinck will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 26

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Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

The 75-year-old crooner - whose last top 20 hit in the UK came in 1972 with 'Too Beautiful to Last' - has been chosen to fly the flag for the nation at the annual singing event, which is set to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 26.

He said in a statement: "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!"

The 'Release Me (And Let Me Love You Again)' hitmaker's Eurovision song will be produced by Grammy Award-winning Martin Terefe, who has worked with Mary J Blige and James Morrison, and the track will be co-written by Martin and Ivor Novello winner Sacha Skarbek.

Engelbert - whose real name is Arnold Gerry Dorsey - has recently performed to fans in the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Romania and Israel.

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