Engelbert Humperdinck Knickers

March 24, 2012 by staff 

Engelbert Humperdinck Knickers, From the start, Engelbert Humperdinck wants to be clear how his age could affect Britain’s chances at Eurovision (he will be 76 at the time of the contest). “It’s a brilliant idea to ask me to do this because of my age,” he states. “I’m sure the younger artists will feel nervous against someone with a lot of experience.” Ha! That’s told the whippersnappers. But when Humperdinck was announced as the BBC’s choice to represent the country in the annual boom bang-a-bang campfest, the nation’s jaw collectively dropped. Engelbert Humperdinck? A man who hasn’t had a top 20 hit since 1972? A man known for his spectacular sideburns and even more spectacular stage name? The only rock star to list his homes as Los Angeles and Leicester?

In fact no one was more surprised than the man himself: “It came out of the blue for me, too! It was quite a surprise. I was overwhelmed. But I was very flattered that they had the confidence to ask me to represent my country and I jumped at the idea.”

But according to Humperdinck, the BBC may be on to something, in what initially appeared to be a left-field choice even for a competition which has boasted turns from transsexual Dana International, rock monsters Lordi and this year’s Russian entry, the Buranovo Grannies, who are singing a folk song-c*m-dance track entitled Party for Everybody dressed in traditional peasant outfits. Thanks to one of the Grannies, Humperdinck is not the oldest Eurovision contestant, something he is not best pleased about. “The Russians jumped on the bandwagon,” he sniffs.

Humperdinck looks in fine fettle. His pristine leather jacket, black shirt and tight black trousers, not to mention the huge turquoise and gold ring, gives him a look of both Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. There may be more of a paunch than in his heyday, but in the flesh he appears nearer 50 than 76.

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