Bonnie Tyler reveals previous Eurovision offer

Bonnie Tyler was first asked to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 30 years ago but finally feels the time is right to take part

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Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler was first asked to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 30 years ago.

The 61-year-old singer - who will perform in the annual competition with her track 'Believe In Me' in May - was asked by the BBC to sing on behalf of her country in 1983, but she was enjoying international success thanks to her hit 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' and turned down the approach, but thinks the time is finally right for her to be a part of the contest.

She told The Sun newspaper: "I was first asked to do Eurovision by the BBC in 1983. I was in America at the time where I was number one for four weeks so it wasn't the right time.

"But this is the perfect time. The BBC heard 'Believe In Me' and thought it was an incredible opportunity for such a good song. I wasn't expecting such a reaction."

Though the UK hasn't done well in the competition in recent years, Bonnie feels confident about her chances because she has such a strong European fan base.

She said: "I am a lucky girl and most of my success is in Europe anyway. Most of the countries vote for their neighbours, but I have got an edge because I am successful in a lot of countries.

"One German paper said they loved me so much they think I am going to win. France is big for me too, and Scandinavia."

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