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Just when you thought the Eurovision Song Contest was beyond parody, along comes Engelbert Humperdinck.

The old boy will be warbling away on our behalf in Azerbaijan – but those who believe this to be the musical equivalent of deliberately hoisting the white flag may end up disappointed.

Engelbert may look like a caricature of an old balladeer, but the voice is still serviceable and the song they’ve given him is not without merit.

Of course, he may well be swept aside by the sophistication and harmonising of the Irish entry, Jedward, but let’s hope for the best.

I look forward to seeing the foundation garments come hurtling through the air as our venerable representative acknowledges the whooping throng.