So Engelbert Humperdinck is representing the UK in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Fair dues. I doubt this will result in me actually giving a shit about the Eurovision, but it’s good news for at least two reasons I can think of:
One reason is that the job is going to someone who’s actually been working as a professional singer for several decades now, as opposed to someone who won some televised karaoke competition.
The other is that Engelbert Humperdinck is a pretty cool guy. He actually kept the Beatles off the Number One spot in 1967. He sacked his manager for not letting him contribute to a Gorillaz album. He plays at least 200 shows a year all over the world, and supports worthy causes. I can take or leave most of his music, but I have to admit that in his mid-70s he still has a good, rich vocal tone, an impressive range and canny interpretative ability.
Plus, he has given the world ‘Lesbian Seagull‘. Beat that, Jedward.