Crooner to represent Britain and go head-to-head with Ireland's Jedward in Azerbaijan

British fans of the Eurovision Song Contest haven’t had much to celebrate in recent years.

We haven’t won the contest since Katrina And The Waves impressed viewers with Love Shine A Light in 1997.

But could that be set to change this year?

After recent failed attempts with boyband Blue and ill-fated ‘nil points’ duo Jemini, the BBC‘s official Eurovision account has Tweeted:We are proud to announce that Engelbert Humperdinck is the UK entry for Eurovision 2012!

Engelbert, 76, kept The Beatles off the top spot back in 1976 with his hit Release Me, so he’s just the man to go head-to-head with the Jedward boys, who are representing Ireland.

The crooner’s even enlisted the help of Adele and Lana Del Rey songwriters Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek in his bid to bring home the prize.

We can’t wait to see Engelbert and Jedward battle it out in Azerbaijan in May.

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Carl Smith