Last night (March 1) the BBC announced that Engelbert Humperdinck will representing the UK for this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
The news may have come as a shock to those who were expecting noughties pop trio Atomic Kitten to reunite for the event, or perhaps even the few that were hoping for a return of the Graham Norton-fronted Your Country Needs You selection show.
But is a 75-year-old music veteran really the best person to be flying the flag for England? Digital Spy weighs up the options below:
There aren't many British artists that can claim to have held The Beatles off the top of the charts right at the peak of their fame, fronted such classics as 'Release Me' and 'The Way It Used To Be', have their own star on the Hollywood walk of fame and won all manner of accolades, including a Golden Globe for 'Entertainer of the Year'.
What's more, we may even fair better in the overall competition itself. There's always little to no chance that Britain will win, but a long established music veteran is bound to resonate with the rest of Europe more than the likes of Gemini, Daz Sampson or Andy Abraham. Every year we become more and more bitter about not winning; at least this year we'll be entering someone who makes us proud to be British. RC
Sure, Adele has reinvigorated the world's love for a heart-wrenching slowie and The Bert has more than enough experience in the biz, but it all seems rather lazy to send over a living legend with a nice song to woo the more mature audience. Instead, we should be investing in new and exciting talent that could possibly launch a career off the back of the exposure.
When it comes to that tense night in Azerbaijan on May 26, can Engelbert really compete against the teen-pop and energetic force that is Jedward or any number of those seductive, yet confident Eastern European divas? Sadly, I have my doubts. LC
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