Imagine this: A Grammy-nominated veteran crooner with a career spanning 45 years, paired with the most commercially successful songwriting team of the year behind the likes of Adele, Jason Mraz and Lana Del Rey. No where in my wildest imaginings did I ever think that could happen but it was just that when the BBC, after exacting every ounce of suspense and hype, unveiled the British representative for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The announcement was met with slackened jaws, bemusement and a good deal of excitement. No one was expecting this and I mean no one.
But think about it. Engelbert Humperdinck is an incredibly talented artist selling more than a 150 million records worldwide with a golden voice that resonates through the decades. Then have him perform a song written by Grammy award-winner Martin Terefe (Mary J Blige, Jason Mraz, James Morrison) and Ivor Novello-winner Sacha Skarbek (Adele, Lana Del Rey, James Blunt). There is no doubt that this will be a special, credible entry that will raise much interest and acclaim as it did eyebrows. I believe that it is the stark contrast between the timeless crooner and the contemporary cool of the songwriters that will create an interesting song for the United Kingdom this year.
There is no denying that Engelbert Humperdinck has still got it and when I think that the Eurovision stage is going to be graced with this level of artistry:
Deep down, I believe that this is going to be several shades of brilliant.
The song is currently being recorded in London, Los Angeles and Nashville (swag!) and there’s no word on when it will be released but no doubt it is eagerly anticipated.