Saturday 24 March 2018

Engelwho? We had to Google Eurovision rival, admit Jedward

HE'S old enough to be their great- grandfather, but Engelbert Humperdinck is preparing to do battle with pop sensations Jedward.

The 75-year-old singer has been unveiled as Britain's Eurovision choice for the competition this year and will go head-to-head with 20-year-old twins John and Edward Grimes in Azerbaijan.

The 60s heartthrob may have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, but our Lucan boys admitted that they had “to Google him”.

In a steer away from former boy band Blue, who represented Britain last year and finished 11th, legendary Engelbert could be in with a good chance to win.

He goes into the competition in May as the oldest-ever Eurovision contestant and, if he proves victorious, will be the UK's first victor since Katrina and the Waves, 15 years ago.

“Engelbert's age isn't the reason why we chose him to represent the nation for Eurovision, but it's nice to break a few records along the way,” a BBC spokeswoman insisted.

However, no doubt he'll find it tough going up against Ireland's hair-raising brothers, who were placed 8th in Eurovision last year and have gained legions of Eurovision followers after Dusseldorf.

“It's an absolute honour to be representing my country for this year's Eurovision Song Contest,” Humperdinck said after the announcement.

“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 singer, who is most recognised for hit tunes Release Me and The Last Waltz, is set to perform a song written by Martin Terefe, who has worked alongside the likes of KT Tunstall and Grammy award-winner Adele.

Engelbert has bagged himself four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of the Year and is one of only a handful of artists with a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Las Vegas Walk of Fame.

His last UK top 20 single was four decades ago with Too Beautiful To Last.

BBC's head of entertainment Katie Taylor added: “Not since the 70s have we had such an established international musical legend represent the nation.”


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