Hurts say they were asked to write UK's Eurovision song contest entry

Theo Hutchcraft tweets that his band was approached before producers settled on Engelbert Humperdinck

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Hurts were approached to write the song for this year's Eurovision Song Contest, singer Theo Hutchcraft has revealed.

The UK will be represented by Engelbert Humperdinck at the ceremony in in Azerbaijan on May 26, who will be performing a track named 'Love Will Set You Free'.

However, Hutchcraft tweeted via Twitter.com/TheoHurts that he received an email from Eurovision's producers asking if he and bandmate Adam Anderson would be interested in composing the track. You can see by scrolling down to the bottom of the screen.

'Love Will Set You Free' has been written for Humperdinck by Grammy award-winning producer Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek, who co-wrote Lana Del Rey's 'Born To Die' and James Blunt's 'You're Beautiful'.

Humperdinck, who is most famous for his 1967 hit 'Release Me', will be hoping to turn the fortunes of the UK around after years of poor results.

The last UK act to win the Eurovision Song Contest was Katrina And The Waves, who took first place in 1997 with their track 'Love Shine A Light'. Last year, reformed boyband Blue only managed to finish 14th with their track 'I Can'.

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