Engelbert Humperdinck's 'Eurovision' flop has prompted bosses at the BBC to become nervous about getting big acts to perform for the UK.
The 76-year-old singer came second-to-last in the competition on Saturday night (26.05.12) with his ballad 'Love Will Set You Free', and while he claims he is proud of his performance, the BBC is said to be worried no big named stars will want to be associated with the singing contest again.
A source said: "The BBC really thought Engelbert would have made Britain a serious player in 'Eurovision' again and would open the door for other major singers to compete. They had really high hopes for him and insisted he would do well.
"But that has all gone out of the window now and there is a very real fear that other major credible artists will not want to risk the humiliation of being thrashed in Europe like Engelbert did."
Sweden were crowned victorious at the event with singer Loreen beating off all competition with her trance track 'Euphoria'.
Despite some disappointment on Saturday, Engelbert was guest of honour at a party thrown by Azerbaijani performer Emin on Sunday (27.05.12) and was said to be in good spirits.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Engelbert seemed to have got over the shock of the previous night. He got a round of applause when he walked into the party and told everyone he was fine. He was happily drinking red wine and chatting."