GSN loves the distinctly European weirdness of the annual Eurovision Song Contest and are delighted we’re going to have two contributors at the finals in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26 May.
We also love old crooners.
So we’re coming down on the side of Engelbert Humperdinck, the 75-year-old crooner set to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision.
To say the announcement of Engelbert Humperdinck as the UK’s 2012 Eurovision entry was a surprise would be a huge understatement.
Since the BBC adopted the approach of internally selecting the artist, rumors have been rife about who may possibly be Royame Uni’s chosen artist. Whispers started with Steps (after their successful reunion), Spice Girls (later whittled down to Geri Halliwell) and Girls Aloud. More recent gossip suggested1990’s duo Right Said Fred or girl group Atomic Kitten would be chosen. Basically, based on Blue who did it in 2011, any artist who was successful at least 15 years ago and needed a career boost…
UK Eurovision fans have often called for the BBC to take the contest more seriously and send an established artist and one who is proven to be able to sing. So the initial reaction to the choice of Engelbert Humperdinck was somewhat surprising given his credentials – Grammy Award winner, Golden Globe recipient and honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
(Plus his work with several HIV and AIDS charities goes in his favor in our books.)
The criticism seems to be purely about his age and nothing to do with his talent. People are predicting ‘nil-points’ again for the UK despite no one having heard the song yet, which is being written by award winning producer Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek.
Given the current obsession with X Factors and Pop Idol contests to find the latest young starlet, we easily overlook the part that older generations contribute to our society. (And yes, there is ageism on the gay scene too.)
In a lot of cultures, especially Asia, maturity is met with respect. Young people value their elders who are seen as the most important members of society.
So we say three cheers to the BBC for selecting oldest ever entrant at Eurovision.
United Kingdom douze points? Let’s wait and see.
Remember Humperdinck’s greatest moments here (you’ll be humming along all day):