Engelbert Humperdinck, 75, is UK entry for Eurovision

Friday March 2, 2012

Veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck, whose last top 10 hit was 42 years ago, has been chosen as the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The 75-year-old star, who famously held The Beatles off number one in 1967, has been chosen by the BBC to take part in the contest. 

The crooner said: "I'm excited and raring to go."

Engelbert - famed for his bushy sideburns - has sold more than 150 million records around the world and continues to tour.

The BBC hopes that using an established name will help the UK's fortunes at the 57th contest, expected to be viewed by 120 million. 

He said of the news: "It's an absolute honour to be representing my country for this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

"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."

Photo: © Getty

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