British Eurovision entry Engelbert Humperdinck ‘backs the Germans’ – Daily TV round-up

Engelbert Humperdinck has appeared wrapped in a German flag ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend where he'll be representing the UK.

The veteran crooner, 76, was interviewed in German newspaper Bild alongside the headline 'Engelbert is our true star of Baku!', a reference to the Azerbaijan capital in which this year's contest is taking place this weekend.

“My blood is English but my heart is with the Germans. So I’ll be singing on Saturday for all Germans, especially for German women!” said Engelbert, real name Arnold Dorsey.

UK Eurovision hopeful Engelbert Humperdinck (Copyright: BBC)

He also added that he did his national service in Germany and chose his stage name from a German composer.

He has since insisted he was not pledging allegiance to Germany, but was hoping to get a few extra votes for the UK entry.

It emerged yesterday that his Eurovision entry ‘Love Will Set Your Free’ has only reached number 76 in the UK charts so far.

Bookies are giving Engelbert Humperdinck odds of 14/1 to win the Eurovision Song Contest. [The Sun]

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