In just over four weeks time, entrants from across Europe will descend on the Azerbaijani capital Baku to take part in the first semi final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. As always, two semi finals are scheduled, each containing 18 performers who’ll be battling it out for a place in the 2012 Grand Final on Saturday May 26, where waiting for them will be the ‘big five’ of the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, along with the host nation Azerbaijan. Here at auspOp, we’re continuing the Countdown To Eurovision will a daily look at one of the competitor’s songs.
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK : Love Will Set You Free
A savvy move by the UK to capitalise on the past European success of a legendary crooner or a horrifying musical mistake? We’ll soon find out, no doubt, as the United Kingdom opens proceedings at the Grand Final in Baku with Engelbert Humperdinck performing his single ‘Love Will Set You Free’.
Engelbert will need to introduction to may around the globe, with a procession of classic singles throughout the 1960s and ’70s including ‘Release Me’, ‘Last Waltz’ and ‘Quando Quando Quando’. In performing this year, he also becomes the oldest male singer ever to take to the Eurovision stage.
The clip (below) looks like it had all of £6 spent on it, the song is a ballad with a few money notes and a tale to be told. Will it win the UK some votes in 2012? Possibly due to Engelbert’s participation, but probably not for the song. Quatre points.