British public slam BBC's choice for Eurovision

British public slam BBC's choice for Eurovision

The BBC has received a host of complaints after choosing Engelbert Humperdinck to represent Britain at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

The 75-year-old crooner - whose last top 20 hit in the UK came in 1972 with 'Too Beautiful to Last' - has been chosen to fly the flag for the nation at the annual singing event, which is set to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 26, to the dismay of a number of viewers.

One viewer, who complained via the BBC website, wrote: "With the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee this year, it's the perfect occasion to show the UK as a young hip place to be, not stuck in the past which you have clearly done."

Another viewer added: "The BBC is one of the world's biggest and best broadcasters in a country famed for its musical talent.

"We have to take this outdated 'we're better than Europe so let's not even try to compete and just send something ironic draped in a Union Jack' approach and then when inevitably no-one votes for us we cry foul."

While a BBC spokesman said the choice of the veteran singer "has been the subject of much heated debate" he added: "We are delighted by the overwhelming and largely positive response."

Speaking about his appointment previously, Engelbert - whose real name is Arnold Gerry Dorsey - appealed to the public for his support.

He said: "It's an absolute honour to be representing my country for this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

"When the BBC approached me, it just felt right for me to be a part of an institution like Eurovision. I'm excited and raring to go and want the nation to get behind me!"

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