Surely this has to be the year for the UK entry to the Eurovision Song Contest to win!
After all how can it not, what with the legendary Engelbert Humperdinck singing a ‘soaring ballad” entitled “Love Will Set You Free”. The song has some string credentials as well, it was produced by Grammy award-winning Martin Terefe, who has worked with artists including Mary J Blige and James Morrison was co-written by Martin and Sacha Skarbek, who has worked with Adele, Lana Del Rey and James Blunt.
At 75 Mr Humperdinck is one of the oldest contestants in the competitions history, but is joined this year by some equally mature contestants from Russia, Buranovskiye Babushki, a band made up of by six traditionally-dressed grandmothers. Their song is called “Party For Everybody”, very Eurovision indeed…
It’s been a while since the UK took out the top prize, 1997 in fact when Katrina and the waves won with “Love shine a light”. 2009 was the last time we were in the top 10 when Jade came in 5th with her song, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “My Time”.
Some other UK contestants “what woz robbed” (according to Adam Armstrong) of victory include:
1996 Gina G – Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit (8th)
1993 Sonia – Better The Devil You Know (2nd)
1992 Michael Ball(s) – One Step Out of Time (2nd)
One of my most memorable years was back in 2001, when Anna Kirk and I watched Estonia win with the song “Everybody”, making them the first former USSR country to win the Contest.
So here is wishing Engelbert Humperdinck all the best of luck come 26th May at the final will be held on Saturday, May 26th in Baku, Azerbaijan