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The Hump pins hopes on Presley gift

Engelbert Humperdinck is flying the UK flag in the Eurovision Song Contest and hoping a prized gift from Elvis Presley will bring him luck.

The crooner is one of a handful of people from the King's circle of friends who were given one of his TCB necklaces - which stands for "taking care of business".

And the 76-year-old will have the treasured trinket with him when he represents the UK in Baku, Azerbaijan, against other acts from around Europe.

A source said: "He has it in his pocket all the time, to bring him luck. Only a few exist and they are priceless, Elvis only gave them to his friends. He wants to channel some of his charisma and spirit for his Eurovision performance."

Humperdinck is hoping his performance of Love Will Set You Free will improve on the UK's 11th placing last year when Blue performed I Can.

The veteran singer will be up against acts including Irish twins Jedward - who were placed eighth last year - during the show in Baku's Crystal Hall.

Bookmaker William Hill put both acts at 14-1 to win the competition and said Eurovision has proved a huge money-spinner for the betting industry this year. The firm predicts that more than £10 million will have been paid out in stakes for this year's competition, but said Sweden is favourite to win among UK fans, rather than chart veteran Humperdinck.

Choreographer Arlene Phillips, who is the staging director for Humperdinck's performance, said: "How fortunate we are that the UK has the 'King of Song' representing us this year. So all I needed to do was add a little magic to surround him. Come on, Engelbert, bring it home."

Humperdinck - whose 1960s hits include Release Me and The Last Waltz - flew in to Azerbaijan almost a week ago to prepare for the final.

Earlier this week, he had to hitch a ride from police to the contest venue when the bus on which the UK contingent were travelling broke down.

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