Bonnie Tyler will sing Believe In Me for UK Eurovision 2013 entry
Vocal powerhouse will sing at 58th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden on 18 May 2013
Twenty years after she garnered international acclaim with her global ht single 'Total Eclipse of The Heart', 61-year-old Welsh-born singer Bonnie Tyler has been announced as UK's representative at the 58th Eurovision Song Contest final, held in Malmo, Sweden on 18 May 2013.
Nominated for three Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards, Tyler is no stranger to success, having first experienced it in the UK in 1976 with 'Lost In France'.
Given the disappointing faring of 75 year-old crooner Engelbert Humperdinck, who came second from last with 'Love Will Set You Free' in the 2012 event, the decision to select an older artist for a second year in a row may appear a surprising one, and one at odds with Britain's European counterparts such as France, who have moved towards selecting younger artists in their attempts to take home the Eurovision crown.
In 2008, France picked respected singer/songwriter Sebastien Tellier, celebrated for hit-single 'La Ritournelle', to represent the nation. Sweden have also followed suit in 2013, with Army Of Lovers, who saw success in the early 90's with single 'Crucified', in the running to represent the host nation. Other confirmed entries include Frances' Amandine Bourgeois with 'L'enfer et Moi', Germany's Cascada with 'Glorious' and Spain's El Sueño de Morfeo with 'Contigo Hasta el Final'
However, perhaps promisingly for the UK, Tyler has been extremely successful in continental Europe. in 2003, her duet with French singer Kareen Antonn on 'Si Demain (Turn Around)' (essentially a French language cover of 'Total Eclipse of the Heart') remained at the top of the French charts for ten weeks.
In Sweden, Tyler will go head-to-head with her other European competitors with new song 'Believe In Me', taken from her new album 'Rocks & Honey', which is due to be released on Friday 8 March on ZYX Music.
Speaking to a press release, Bonnie said: “I am truly honoured and delighted to be able to represent my country at Eurovision, and especially with such a fabulous song. I promise to give this everything that I’ve got for the UK!”
The Eurovision Song Contest has provided a platform for many artists in the past, launching the careers of Abba, Celine Dion and Julio Iglesias.
Although Tyler's career needs no further propulsion, let's hope, for both Bonnie and Britain's sake, that votes are not 'Lost In France' at the 2013 Eurovision.