Bonnie Tyler dedicates Eurovision song to mum
Bonnie Tyler got emotional as she dedicated her Eurovision Song Contest hit, 'Believe in Me', to her late mother, and said the lyrics remind her of the helpful advice her mum always used to give her
Bonnie Tyler broke down in tears as she dedicated her Eurovision Song Contest hit to her late mum.
The 61-year-old singer - who is wearing her mother's ring for good luck in Saturday's (18.05.13) competition - revealed power-ballad 'Believe in Me' is a tribute to her mother because the lyrics are similar to the helpful advice she was given by her mum when she was starting out in the music industry.
Speaking at a press conference in Malmo, Sweden - where the event is being hosted - she said: "The song 'Believe in Me' reminds me of what my mum always said to me.
"She brought me up on this motto.
"She said, 'Believe in yourself and go for it because no-one else is going to do it for you.'
"And she said, 'You are as good as any anyone out there. Not better. But as good as. So hold your head up high.'
"I feel she is with me here today."
The 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' hitmaker recently revealed she fully "believes" in her chosen song and doesn't expect her performance for Great Britain to harm her reputation.
She told BANG Showbiz: "If I don't win it's not going to damage my reputation - people know me much too well already from my live shows.
"They have seen me give so many powerful live performances. I am a live singer. And I believe in the song."
What's more, Eurovision winners and pop legends Cheryl Baker (@Cherylbaker) and Mike Nolan (@mikenolanfizz) of Bucks Fizz - who won the competition in 1981 - will be taking to Twitter to live tweet commentary during this year's Eurovision Song Contest final on Saturday.
Cheryl said: "I can't wait for this year's final to kick off and to be able to share in all the excitement on the night with the whole world thanks to Twitter is amazing and something I could never have imagined in back in 1981!"
The 'Eurovision Song Contest 2013' airs on BBC One on Saturday night at 8pm.