Engelbert Humperdink vows to win Eurovision
- Bang Showbiz
- 3 March 2012
Engelbert Humperdink has vowed to win the Eurovision Song Contest for Britain and is "thrilled" to have been chosen by the BBC as the UK's representative in the singing competition
Engelbert Humperdink has vowed to win the Eurovision Song Contest for Britain.
The 75-year-old crooner - who will be the oldest singer to ever take part in the annual singing competition at the end of May - is "thrilled" to have been chosen by the BBC to front the UK Eurovision campaign and has vowed to emerge victorious.
He said: "I have been reading the coverage online and it is just amazing. It is unbelievable. I am gobsmacked. I didn't expect such a reaction. It means a lot to this Leicester lad.
"I am just thrilled they have chosen me and I will do my utmost to come through. I am going to do my best and I am ready for the challenge. I am going to go out there and win. I am very positive."
The 'Please Release Me' hitmaker is hoping his experience of performing in Europe will make him a popular choice among those voting, and admitted he "jumped" at the chance to appear in Eurovision.
Engelbert - real name Arnold Dorsey - told The Sun newspaper: "I have been in the business for 45 years and with my experience and the amount of countries I have visited in Europe, I can bring this home. I play these countries frequently and I hope I have scored some points with them.
"Representing my country means a great deal to me. I represent my country wherever I go. In every way, shape and form I wave the flag. This has just given me a big thrill.
"I jumped at doing this. To all the naysayers, I say I have been up against it before, when I first started against major artists like The Beatles. People used to mock my name but at least they were still talking about me."