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Engelbert Humperdinck will be carrying a prized gift from Elvis Presley to bring him luck as he
performs in the Eurovision Song Contest tomorrow night (Saturday 26th).
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 will be up against acts such as Irish contestants Jedward
when they perform at the kitsch and glittery show in Baku's Crystal Hall.
Bookmaker William Hill now puts 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 it said Sweden is favourite to win among UK fans, rather than chart veteran Humperdinck.
"Our UK punters are more sceptical after years of disappointments and are all over Sweden," said
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
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.
"The Hump" has also been enjoying a bit of home comfort while out in Baku, visiting the London Pub where he enjoyed tucking into fish and chips as well as
playing darts, one of his favourite pastimes.
He has also met the Azerbaijani contestant, Sabrina, who told him he was one of her all-time favourite singers.
And she gave him a bird's eye view of her native city from the roof of the Hilton Baku Hotel.
Sabina wore a T-shirt with his photo bearing the phrase: "Engelbert King of Hearts."
And she handed him a shirt with her picture and the words "From Baku with Love", telling him: "It is a pleasure to have you here in Baku.
"I hope you know how much Azerbaijani people love you."
"Taking Care of Business" was a personal motto of Elvis, and also the name of the main group of musicians who formed his backing band. He had the
initials TCB painted on the tail of his personal jet, along with a lightning flash.
Liam Gallagher had the letters and symbol tattooed on his arm in tribute - as well as to cover up the name of his first wife, Patsy Kensit.