- Radio Times
- Review by:
- Jane Rackham
In 2011 we chose former boy band Blue to represent us in the hope that a catchy song coupled with their good looks and hefty Euro fanbase would swing those pesky bloc-voters our way. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. So this time we’re sending a 76-year-old crooner who
hasn’t had a UK hit since the 70s.
Engelbert Humperdinck is performing first in the 2012 show from Baku, Azerbaijan, which, as devotees of any singing or talent contest knows, is nothing to smile about. Cast your minds back to 1976, though, and going on first didn’t hurt Brotherhood of Man (they won). So there’s a chance Humperdinck will make
a memorable impact. Graham Norton’s tart commentary
will be a delight and there are some weird and wonderful acts to enjoy. Hopefully, Russia’s granny group, the unintentionally hilarious Buranovskiye Babushki, will have survived the semi-final.
About this programme
Graham Norton commentates on the 57th edition of the musical extravaganza from the Crystal Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan - the first time the former Soviet republic has hosted the competition. Engelbert Humperdinck is bidding to add another achievement to his glittering career by becoming the first UK winner since 1997 with his ballad Love Will Set You Free, and will be the first of tonight's 26 finalists to take the stage. However, he is likely to face strong competition from Swedish dance singer Loreen and Italian jazz singer Nina Zilli, while Russian grannies Buranovskiye Babushki wowed the audience at Tuesday's semi-final. Sabina Babayeva carries the hopes of the host nation with the smooth ballad When the Music Dies, Irish pop twins Jedward are hoping to improve on their eighth-place finish from last year, and Serbian Eurovision veteran Zeljko Joksimovic - runner-up in 2004 - is also expected to perform strongly.
Cast and crew
- Graham Norton
- Engelbert Humperdinck
- Executive Producer
- Andrew Cartmell
- Russell Minton