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Our verdict on the Engelbert Humperdinck Eurovision 2012 UK entry

Surely we can't be the only ones who thought it was an early April Fool's joke when we heard that Engelbert Humperdinck was to represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest?

Engelbert Humperdinck

But no, it was true and as the news was confirmed and we came out of shock, we thought that the team behind the UK song entry had finally decided to throw in the towel by picking the ageing crooner to represent the nation at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

After going for (and failing to win over) younger voters last year with newly-reformed boyband Blue, wouldn't we end up the laughing stock of Europe for sending in a 75-year-old crooner this year?

[See also: Engelbert Humperdinck facing Russian grannies at Eurovision]

Now we've heard the song and we think we were too hasty.

'Love Will Set You Free' is a Spanish-tinged ballad with a simple, yet catchy, melody that could well hook Eurovision voters.

Humperdinck (as he's known to his friends) gives a rousing performance and is guaranteed to deliver on the night. This is a man with 60 years experience in the music industry - enough time to ensure there are no bum notes. Yes Jemini, we're looking at you.

Crucially, the song contains a key change just as the orchestra kicks in during the final 30 seconds. If Humperdinck sits on a stool for his performance, we predict that he will stand at this moment. Though with Arlene Phillips choreographing, we're hoping for something a bit more adventurous.

Bookies William Hill have cut the odds of the UK triumphing in this year's Eurovision Song Contest from 16/1 to 14/1 after the entry got a positive reaction from fans on Twitter.

However, the song has some way to go to beat the Swedish entry - Euphoria by Loreen - which, as the title suggests, is a euphoric floorfiller that couldn't be more different from the UK's entry. It's currently the 2/1 favourite, while Irish entry Jedward are an outside bet at 20/1.

Laughing stock or first triumph since Katrina and the Waves 15 years ago? (Wow, has it really been that long?)  The UK will learn their fate on 26 May in Azerbaijan.

You can listen to Engelbert Humperdinck's 'Love Will Set You Free' here -

Plus, tell us whether you think the UK can win this year's Eurovision Song Contest.