Engelbert Humperdinck has described the experience of taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest as “wonderful” despite his disappointing result at Saturday’s final in Baku.
The 76-year-old finished 25th out of 26th countries, scoring just 12 points for his ballad Love Will Set You Free which began the show on Saturday night.
By contrast Sweden’s winning song Euphoria by Loreen scored a massive 372 points, giving them a convincing 120-point victory over their nearest rivals Russia.
However Engelbert appeared to take the defeat graciously, saying, “I’ve had many highs in my career and Eurovision has been a wonderful experience.
“I want to thank everybody, especially my fans around the world, for their support. I did the best for my country, the rest was out of my hands.”
It was also a disappointing night for Ireland’s Jedward, who finished in 19th place with 46 points for their song Waterline.
It is the fifth time Sweden have won the contest, having first triumphed with Abba in 1974, followed by wins in 1984, 1991 and 1999. The UK’s last victory came in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves’ Love Shine A Light.
Next year’s contest will take place on May 18.