Engelbert Humperdinck angered by BBC reporters

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 May 2012
Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck was said to be infuriated after reporters for BBC show 'Panorama' questioned why he was taking part in the 'Eurovision Song Contest' in Azerbaijan despite the country's human rights record

Engelbert Humperdinck was left angered after BBC reporters questioned his decision to take part in the 'Eurovision Song Contest' in Azerbaijan.

The crooner - who is now in the country preparing for the show on Saturday night (26.05.12) - was said to be furious after journalists for 'Panorama' questioned his views on human rights abuses and asked him to wear a t-shirt with 'please release them' written on it in reference to the country's political prisoners.

The 76-year-old star asked his agent Chris Hewlett to write to 'Panorama' expressing his disappointment.

It read: "I wanted to make very clear how surprised and disappointed we all were that Panorama felt it appropriate to ambush Engelbert on BBC property in order to force a reaction from him, without even giving him the courtesy of time to frame his thoughts.

"'Eurovision' is a BBC show, and he was invited by the BBC to participate, and we feel that these actions by another BBC team were at best ill-judged."

However, a spokesperson for the programme has said they are happy with how fair they had been.

The representative said: "We're satisfied that we've acted fairly and followed our editorial guidelines."

Engelbert will be performing the song 'Love Will Set You Free' this weekend.

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