Engelbert Humperdinck, the 76-year-old singer known for hits such as The Last Waltz, will compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest against acts such as Norwegian gyraters and Russian grandmothers.
The finale of the annual singing contest, known for its kitschy effects and power-pop ballads, goes ahead Saturday in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Ten contestants were chosen in a second semi-final event Thursday night, completing the list of 26 acts that will perform on Saturday. The latest finalists represent Lithuania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, Malta, Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine.
Judges and viewer-voting, online or by phone, determine the winners of the two semi-final events.
Representing Britain in the competition, Humperdinck will be singing the ballad Love Will Set You Free, accompanied onstage by a classical dance couple and a guitarist.
Singers from the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the host country — this year, Azerbaijan — are always included in the televised final, which typically draws more than 125 million viewers.
Among the other high-profile competitors set for the stage on Saturday are Russian act Buranovskiye Babushki, a group of grandmothers singing the folk ballad Party for Everybody, and Jedward, the flashy Irish twin-brother duo. Both teams advanced earlier in the week.
Protesters outside hall
The scene close to the Crystal Hall where Eurovision takes place was chaotic on Friday, where dozens of anti-government protesters chanting "freedom" clashed with police.
About 25 people were dragged away by police as they protested the authoritarian government in charge in the oil-rich country.
Azerbaijan Interior Ministry spokesman Ehsan Zahid described the rally Friday as a disruption of public order. The government is hoping Eurovision will raise the country's international profile.
The full list of participants for Saturday, with their songs, are:
- U.K.: Engelbert Humperdinck, Love Will Set You Free.
- Hungary: Compact Disco, Sound Of Our Hearts.
- Albania: Rona Nishliu, Suus.
- Lithuania: Donny Montell, Love is Blind.
- Bosnia & Herzegovina: Maya Sar, Korake Ti Znam.
- Russia: Buranovskiye Babushki, Party for Everybody.
- Iceland: Greta Salome & Jonsi, Never Forget.
- Cyprus: Ivi Adamou, La La Love.
- France: Anggun, Echo (You and I).
- Italy: Nina Zilli, L'Amore E Femmina (Out Of Love).
- Estonia: Ott Lepland, Kuula.
- Norway: Tooji, Stay.
- Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva, When the Music Dies.
- Romania: Mandinga, Zaleilah.
- Denmark: Soluna Samay, Should Have Known Better.
- Greece: Eleftheria Eleftheriou, Aphrodisiac.
- Sweden: Loreen, Euphoria.
- Turkey: Can Bonomo, Love Me Back.
- Spain: Pastora Soler, Quedate Conmigo (Stay With Me).
- Germany: Roman Lob, Standing Still.
- Malta: Kurt Calleja, This Is The Night.
- Macedonia: Kaliopi, Crno I Belo.
- Ireland: Jedward, Waterline.
- Serbia: Zeljko Joksimovic, Nije Ljubav Stvar.
- Ukraine: Gaitana, Be My Guest.
- Moldova: Pasha Parfeny, Lautar.