Engelbert Humperdinck for the U.K.. The BBC surprised friend and foe with their choice for the Baku contest.
The U.K. entry is written by Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarberk (see below).
Listen here at the BBC or here at the official Youtube.
Not That Easy To Forget
And some other facts: His record sales are estimated over 125 million.
Just like that other 'biggest name ever' the U.K. sent, Sir Cliff Richard, Engelbert Humperdinck was born in India.
He released two singles under the name Gerry Dorsey in 1966 including a cover of Dommage Dommage.
E.H. also enjoyed popularity in the USSR / Russia where he's Энгельберт Хампердинк.
He recorded a song called Lesbian Seagull (For the Beavis and Butthead movie) and owns the piano that used to belong George Gershwin.
In 2007 Engelbert performed on the annual live extravaganza that is De Toppers Live.
His most recent album is Released from 2010, which includes reworkings of some of his old songs and coverversions like Wonderful Tonight and We've Got Tonight.
You can catch Engelbert Humperdinck live Chile, South Africa, Lebanon and the US this summer. Check out all the tourdates here.
Sacha Skarbek wrote songs with and for just about every other trendy artist from the past decade (including several that had been rumoured for Baku): Adele, Jason Mraz, Duffy, Joss Stone, Charlotte Church, Lana Del Rey, Beverly Knight, Samantha Mumba, James Blunt, Gareth Gates, German Eurovision stars No Angels, and Dutch singers Waylon and Ilse De Lange.
Martin Terefe's list is equally impressive: Mary J. Blige, A-Ha (incl. their final single), Craig David, James Morrison, K.T Tunstall, Eric Gadd, Mutya Buena, fellow Eurovision 2012 songwriter Jamie Cullum, and again Mraz, Knight, Gates and Church.
BBC Eurovision pages
Engelbert Humperdinck official website
Peter Koelewijn website
Humperdinck and Eurovision
In 1968 he scored a worldwide hit with A Man Without Love, a cover version of Quando M'Innamoro, #6 of the Sanremo contest of the same year. The original versions were performed by Anna Identici and by The Sandpipers. (single on Decca)
In 1971 he covered Clodagh Rodgers 'Song For Europe' song Another Time, Another Place. Another single and a modest hit in several countries. (single on Decca).
Clodagh Rodgers had her own national final in 1971 with six songs. Another Time, Another Place ended 4th and she took the winner Jack In The Box to a 4th place in the Dublin Eurovision Song Contest.
A Little In Love reached #29 on the Dutch album charts and stayed ten weeks on the list. In Love With You was also released as the second song on the cdsingle release of the title track.
The album was also released in Germany as Romantic Songs (EMI) but was discontinued when a project with dance re-recordings of E.H. classics was launched.
Domenico Modugno, didn't win Eurovision but is the best selling Eurovision single and most covered Eurovision song of all time.
United Kingdom recent entries:
2011 - Blue
2010 - Josh Dubovie
2009 - Jade Ewen