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.