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Engelbert for Eurovision

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02 Mar 2012 09:33 #633735 by Stumpy Pepys
Engelbert Humperdinck is United Kingdom entrant

Blimey Charlie.

Is this a cynical grab for a UK victory? Engelbert is still pretty huge on the continent and could knock off a smooth ballad in his sleep.

Len McMonotony will be pleased.
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02 Mar 2012 09:38 #633736 by Kryvbas Gripper Rih
Unless one of those Eastern Europeans comes up with a wacky piece of Eurotrash, Englebert's going to win.

Great choice, until you realise that the winner hosts the next year, and after the inevitable Olympic shambles, nobody will want that.
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02 Mar 2012 09:47 #633738 by Spearmint Rhino
Who killed A Song For Europe? Why have we allowed a handful of Nathan Barleys at the BBC to hand-pick Engelbert Humperdinck as a tired kitsch joke?
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02 Mar 2012 09:48 #633740 by Spearmint Rhino
Britain will never, ever, ever win Eurovision again anyway, for reasons Political and political, so we might as well put up a plank of wood.
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02 Mar 2012 09:54 #633744 by Sits
Spearmint Rhino wrote:

Who killed A Song For Europe? Why have we allowed a handful of Nathan Barleys at the BBC to hand-pick Engelbert Humperdinck as a tired kitsch joke?


Back in the 60s and 70s I think the singer was pre-determined, A Song for Europe just selected the song.
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02 Mar 2012 09:57 #633747 by Stumpy Pepys
Spearmint Rhino wrote:

Britain will never, ever, ever win Eurovision again anyway, for reasons Political and political, so we might as well put up a plank of wood.


If anyone can win it for the UK, Engelbert Humperdinck can. He would stitch up the western European vote at the very least.
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02 Mar 2012 10:15 #633753 by Benjm
One could equally ask why a man with his own pub in his back garden would be tempted to do this. It's the musical equivalent of becoming England manager, without the stack of gold bars.

I would offer our spot to David Van Day, thus repositioning the event as a macabre comedy in the manner of Kind Hearts And Coronets as, one by one, David's rivals are dropped into baths of acid, hit by falling anvils and locked into shipping containers bound for Patagonia.
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02 Mar 2012 11:31 #633788 by The Exploding Vole
I'd watch that.
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02 Mar 2012 15:08 #633891 by Squarewheelbike
I think he should sing My Lovely Horse!
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02 Mar 2012 15:19 #633895 by Stumpy Pepys
He could always reprise Lesbian Seagull .
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03 Mar 2012 06:37 #634095 by historyman
Engelbert vs Jedward... an interesting contest.
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03 Mar 2012 22:04 #634303 by Commodore
Can't hurt to have Hump, but the song needs to bring out his undoubted charisma. Not sure that those responsible for bringing James Blunt to a wider audience will do that, but it at least makes Eurovision that bit more interesting.
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04 Mar 2012 14:49 #634467 by Evariste Euler Gauss
It's always exciting when new talent gets its big break like this. Abba 1974 all over again.

Seriously, why would a singer with a great established reputation submit himself to the indignity of coming in behind a load of inferior artists thanks to the anti-UK feeling around Europe?

The EU missed the opportunity to make the Greek bail-out conditional on Greece forgoing their annual swap of 12 votes each with Cyprus.
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04 Mar 2012 15:48 #634489 by Stumpy Pepys
Evariste Euler Gauss wrote:

Seriously, why would a singer with a great established reputation submit himself to the indignity of coming in behind a load of inferior artists thanks to the anti-UK feeling around Europe?


Because Engelbert is bigger than Eurovision; he's nothing to lose. Like I said before, he's big enough to sway the voters.

I think the anti-UK thing is overstated. It's not as if we came last in 2011; I think we came about 10th.

Seriously, what kind of act would you pick?
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19 Mar 2012 14:30 - 19 Mar 2012 14:35 #640478 by Benjm
And here's the song .

Initial thoughts:

1. He looks terrifying, like the portrait in a Garry Shandling fronted remake of Dorian Gray.

2. The song has a nice feel to it but at the point where it feels like the chorus should take off, nothing happens.
Last Edit: 19 Mar 2012 14:35 by Benjm. Reason: Gray not Grey
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19 Mar 2012 14:36 #640482 by Squarewheelbike
Quite frankly, who gives a rat's cock?
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19 Mar 2012 14:46 #640494 by steveeeeeeeee
Hopefully the auto-tune won't spoil it on the night like it does on the video. Even so, the song is a wet turd.
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19 Mar 2012 15:35 #640532 by Ray de Galles
Engelbert? That's Gene Simmons!

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26 Apr 2012 16:10 #657221 by Benjm
Austria accepts the silly name challenge and raises the stakes .
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