Monday, March 5, 2012

Engelbert Humperdink? Are you kidding?

            How far will the Brits go to win the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest? Apparently, they aren’t averse to time travelling back to 1972 to locate “the perfect British singer” to represent them at the contest. That’s pretty far! Engelbert Humperdink, fondly called “The Hump” in England (but not in the States, thank goodness!), has been chosen to compete in the European music competition.

            Engelbert Humperdink is 75 years old and had his last top 20 hit Britain in 1972. It was “Release Me.” I remember the song well despite the fact that I was only 10-years-old at the time. It is a lovely ballad. Humperdink’s voice was very pleasant, and since he’s currently touring in Europe, I would assume that it still is.

            The question I have to ask is, of course, WHY Engelbert Humperdink? Are the Brits hoping that “The Hump’s” classic song and crooning voice will have the power “to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak” (William Congreve, 1697)? You know, they might just have a point.

            There is something to be said for trotting out the classics once in a while. There’s a reason that the songs Humperdink sings have become classics; they’re enjoyable to hear and you can sing along with them when they’re played on the Oldies radio station. That’s nice.

            I’m sure that Engelbert Humperdink will represent the U.K. with distinction at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Here’s a toast to keeping the classics alive!