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Sunday 25 February 2018

Humperdinck: I still get nervous

Engelbert Humperdinck says he still gets nervous before performing
Engelbert Humperdinck says he still gets nervous before performing

Engelbert Humperdinck has admitted he is nervous about his Eurovision Song Contest performance - but insists that's the best way to be.

The 76-year-old singer, who is first to perform at his year's show in Baku, Azerbaijan, revealed he still gets the jitters after almost half a century in the business.

"When you lose your nerves, you've lost everything. No matter where I go, no matter how many performances I do, I always have that slight nervous reaction before I go on," he said.

"It's like being a boxer but I think it's a good thing. It gives you the edge; it makes you come out fighting."

There will be two semi-finals taking place ahead of the grand final on May 26 but the UK has managed to bypass these and qualify automatically as one of the five biggest financial contributors to the competition, along with France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Sara Cox and Scott Mills will be covering the semi-finals on BBC Three, with Engelbert popping by to share his opinion on the potential competition, which will include Irish twins Jedward and Russia's Babushka grannies.

"They're in the running, let's see what happens," he said of the latter. "I think they tried to top the fact I was the oldest member on the team but good for them."

On the night he'll be singing Love Will Set You Free, a romantic, melodic waltz.

"I've represented romance all my life and have been a part of the business for 45 years," he said.

:: The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final One is on May 22 and the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final Two on May 24, both on BBC Three

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