Can Bonnie Tyler do what Englebert Humperdinck couldn’t (and score more than 12 points) at the Eurovision Song Contest? In just over two months time we’ll find out as the husky-voiced Welshwoman represents the United Kingdom in the camp singing competition.
Tyler, 61, whose 40-year career has featured hits including Total Eclipse of the Heart and Holding Out for a Hero, will perform a song entitled Believe in Me (clearly a plea to jaded British Eurovision viewers all too used to seeing the UK languishing at the bottom of the table).
“I am truly honoured and delighted to be able to represent my country at Eurovision,” said the big-haired singer, “and especially with such a fabulous song. I promise to give this everything that I’ve got for the UK!”
She’ll need to – last year’s competition saw another veteran British crooner, Engelbert Humperdinck, come second from bottom (despite also boasting the “big European fanbase” Tyler is credited with) while the year before reformed boy band Blue managed just 11th place.
The 58th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday 18 May will be hosted by last year’s winners Sweden in Malmö, in front of an estimated global audience of over 120 million. BBC1’s coverage will once again feature Graham Norton’s suitably sarcastic commentary and will be fronted by Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills and Scissor Sister Ana Matronic.
Among the other entries will be a song penned for Armenia by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.
Listen to Bonnie Tyler’s Eurovision entry Believe in Me below and tell us what you think.
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