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Engelbert Humperdinck to face Jedward in Eurovision

File photo dated 27/05/2004 of veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdink in London. He has been chosen as the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday March 2, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Eurovision. Humperdinck last had a top ten hit 42 years ago. Photo credit should read: Andy Butterton/PA Wire
File photo dated 27/05/2004 of veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdink in London. He has been chosen as the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday March 2, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Eurovision. Humperdinck last had a top ten hit 42 years ago. Photo credit should read: Andy Butterton/PA Wire
Jedward with their fans outside the RTE studios

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.



He follows boy band Blue who finished 11th last year, behind Jedward - who won the Eurosong contest last weekend on the Late Late Show.

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



The perma-tanned heartthrob - whose hits include Release Me and The Last Waltz - will take part in Azerbaijan in May.



The unnamed song is being written by Sacha Skarbek - who teamed up with James Blunt to compose his global hit You're Beautiful - and Grammy-winning producer Martin Terefe.





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



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