Humping for Britain.

When I think of Englebert Humperdinck, I always think of  the god-awful Release Me, the single which prevented The Beatles Strawberry Fields / Penny Lane from reaching number one in 1967.

Nowadays ‘the hump’ is apparently big in Eastern Europe which may be one the reasons he was selected to perform the UK’s Eurovision song – Love Will Set You Free.

At 76 , he looks in better shape than the Buranovo grannies but it still seems bizarre and wrong-headed to select him as UK’s representative.

The turgid apology for a love song he sang was also completely  out of synch with the brash showbiz image of the contest.

Surely there are thousands of X-Factor/Britain’s Got Talent or Pop Idol contenders who would have jumped at the chance to hit the stage for Britain with something more contemporary sounding.  Sweden’s winning entry is an obvious product of this ‘talent’ show ethos.

What Norway’s Tooji thought of the Eurovision song contest judges.

Tooji’s brash Stay was the only tune judged to be worse than Englebert’s which seems a bit harsh for this Ricky Martin wannabe.

Loreen for the Swedes was the predictable and deserving winner but Russia can claim a moral victory for  Buranovskiye Babushki’s astonishing so bad it’s good Party For Everyone with lyrics which roughly translate as follows:

Party for everybody! Dance!

Come on and dance!  Come on and dance!
Come on and …
Party for everybody! Dance!
Come on and dance! Come on and dance!
Come on and… Boom! Boom!

And my cat is happy, and my dog is happy!
And my cat is happy, and my dog is happy!
The happiness is overflowing!
Oh joy!

We are singing extremely strongly.
We are dancing soulful, so soulful!
We are singing extremely strongly,
Because we are together!