The final song in the Eurovision national selections was unveiled today as interested observers heard the entry for the United Kingdom for the first time. As many already knew, Engelbert Humperdinck had been selected as the participant, but the song had been kept undercover creating one of the biggest cliffhangers in Eurovision history.
The reveal showed that The Hump will be singing Love Will Set You Free, a song composed by Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek, who have been involved with many of today’s major recording artists. Here’s my review of the UK song.
In other news, the San Marino song Facebook Uh Oh Oh has run into trouble with the authorities at the EBU. Product placement in a song is a big no-no, so the small principality will either have to change the lyrics, the song or withdraw by Friday, March 23. Hopefully, we’ll see San Marino in its semi-final in May.
Talking of which, tickets have now gone on sale for Eurovision week beginning May 21. Details of the cost and availability of tickets for each event can be found at the official Eurovision site.
The Head of Delegations are already there as today an official presentation of songs by each was made to the EBU. The delegation leaders also received an update on the preparations for the upcoming Contest, including the arena, the stage, the production, and the hotels. In fact, surprises are promised with the presentation of the stage as it will be like nothing ever seen before.
In the meantime, the Running Order Draw is to take place on March 20 and I’ll have the details here once they become available.