After several weeks of anticipation the BBC has finally released Engelbert Humperdinck‘s Eurovision entry “Love Will Set You Free.” After listening to it about 20 times this morning, the team at WiwiBloggs.Com is confident the song will set the U.K. free from its poisoned history at Eurovision.
Humperdinck’s stirring ballad tells the story of a man watching the woman he loves fall for someone else. In loving her he decides to let her love someone else—and his voice resonates with the pain of self-sacrifice. “With heavy words I say/ If you love someone/ Follow your heart/ Because love comes once if you’re lucky enough,” he croons. “Though I’ll miss you forever/ The hurt will run deep/ Only love can set you free.” Humperdinck’s 75 years give the song added depth. There’s a maturity and ease to his delivery that suggests he understands loss on a visceral level.
Although Wiwi and his comrades have made fun of old Humperdinck in recent weeks—the typical diaper jokes, etc.—we are pulling something of a 180. The quality of this year’s song contest has taken a dive overall, and the Hump brings some much-needed gravitas and skill. The song has a melancholic quality that will no doubt appeal to listeners in the former Soviet republics, where, it’s been said, Humperdinck enjoys a strong following. This song deserves and will earn a spot in the Top 5.