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Engelbert Humperdinck to sing for UK at Eurovision

Seven of the eight members of the singing group Buranovo Grannies sing during a rehearsal at the local club in the village of Buranovo in the central Russian region of Udmurtia, last Tuesday.

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After years of disappointment, Britain is staking its Eurovision hopes on 75-year-old Engelbert Humperdinck, the square-jawed crooner who famously beat the Beatles to the number one spot in 1967.

The BBC said Humperdinck, whose last hit was more than 40 years ago, would champion Britain at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

Enlisting the septuagenarian singer to compete in a pan-European talent show usually dominated by eclectic pop acts was seen as the musical equivalent of a “Hail Mary” pass in American football.

The Daily Telegraph’s rock critic Neil McCormick called it “either an act of desperation or a stroke of genius.” “Clearly, the notion that our thriving national pop culture should be embodied by a 75-year-old cabaret crooner is someone’s idea of an ironic joke,” McCormick added.

On the other hand, Humperdinck can perhaps draw on his massive international fan club to boost the UK’s voting total in the lighthearted contest that many believe is rigged by regional sympathies.

Britain has suffered years of disappointment at Eurovision. Since it last won in 1997, a selection of British boy bands, reality television contestants and bubblegum pop singers has failed to impress viewers and juries who vote for the winner.










1. champion v.

為…而戰 (wei4 … er2 zhan4)

例: He has championed constitutional reform for many years.


2. a stroke of genius n. phr.

神來之筆 (shen2 lai2 zhi1 bi3)

例: Your idea of painting the rock wall red was a stroke of genius.


3. lighthearted / adj.

氣氛輕鬆的 (qi4 fen1 qing1 song1 de5)

例: My classmate choreographed a lighthearted dance piece.


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