BBC, the British public broadcaster, has released the country's entry to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest moments ago, along with the official videoclip. Engelbert Humperdinck will represent the United Kingdom next May in Baku with the song Love will set you free.
Love will set you free has been recorded in London, Los Angeles and Nashville and is co-written and produced by Grammy Award-winning Martin Terefe (James Morrison, KT Tunstall, Mary J Blige), and Ivor Novello Award-winning Sacha Skarbek (Adele, James Blunt co-writer You're beautiful, Lana del Rey). Engelbert will be accompanied on stage by guitarist James Bryan, well-known for his appearances with Nelly Furtado. Also, Arlene Phillips will be staging Engelbert’s performance in Baku.
Derek McLean, BBC Creative Director Entertainment, says "As Eurovision draws ever closer, we are delighted to announce that Engelbert will perform Love will set you free to a worldwide audience of millions at the Eurovision Song Contest. It is a soaring ballad that has been crafted by some of the best people in music. With credentials like these, and our very own music legend on vocals, this year our Eurovision entry is second to none".
Engelbert Humperdinck added: "I have my eyes on the prize with my song Love will set you free. I’m very proud of the song and with the nation behind me, I feel ready and look forward to the rollercoaster ride that is Eurovision!"
The United Kingdom will participate in the final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, as it is a member of the 'Big-5' group of countries.