United Kingdom: Engelbert Humperdinck releases “Love Will Set You Free”

After keeping mum for most of the National Final season, the BBC dropped a bombshell on Eurovision fans by announcing that veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck would be representing the United Kingdom in Baku this May.  Once the shockwaves subsided, people started to wonder about the song he’d bring to the audience on the Caspian Sea.  We weren’t even thrown a bone as to the title of the entry; all we knew was that it was to be composed by the team of Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek, who have individually worked with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Train, Adele, and Jason Mraz.

This morning, as participating countries convened in Baku for the Head of Delegations Meeting, we finally got our answer.


Humperdinck, who will be 76 when he takes the stage in Azerbaijan, will be the oldest featured performer in Eurovision history (even though some of Russia’s Buranovskiye Babushki give him a run for his money).  However, despite his chronological age, his voice hasn’t suffered through the years, and (at least in the studio version) he’s able to hit those high notes with ease.  He hasn’t really stopped touring and performing live, and it shows.  This might not come with the over-the-top presentation in Baku that we’ll see from other countries, but I think this gentle, straightforward song speaks for itself.

Posted on March 19, '12, in 2012, United Kingdom. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I say with complete unbiased thoughts that I actually really like this. lol I was really concerned that he would do a really dated song that was like the 60’s or something. But, I think they hit the nail on the head with this song. It’s almost like an old man giving advise. xD I really like it.

  2. I like the song I’m just not sure if it is a Eurovision song.

    Then again I said the same of Italy last year.

  3. I share James ‘ feelings about the song and the singer.

    I was so scared a dated song would be delivered by the BBC when they announced their choice about the singer, and I am so relieved now !
    The song is touching and humble. It is the masterpiece I was not expecting from the UK to tell you the truth and I was wrong…

    If I think the juries should appreciate the song, the audience might not so much, but the song will find its fans for sure among the elder as among the younger.

    Victory will be difficult to grab for everybody anyway as there is a good bunch of songs that can go for it.I do not see an obvious winner as I had been able to guess in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

    Good luck, UK !

  4. I take back everything I said about this choice.

    It’s a very good song; and they are definitely giving it a serious shot. They didnt do a Lys Assia and give him a 50s song; nor did they do a Babushki and send a slightly light-hearted one. It’s just a good song – wheteher it’s sung by a 76 year old or not.

    Finding out that he’s opening the final though… hmmm…. the juries won’t care, but what about the voters?

  5. Well, this one’s actually decent! 😀
    It’s not award-winning material like Iceland’s entry is, but at least it’s not embarassing.

  6. First? We’re ruined! lol

  7. Yes, first: It seems over for the victory unfortunately. Still, a top 5 is possible if the juries fall for him and the fan base mobilises for him.

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