Bonnie Tyler to represent United Kingdom

Bonnie Tyler to represent United Kingdom
Bonnie Tyler Photo: BBC
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After weeks of intense media speculation, we can now confirm that Bonnie Tyler will be representing the United Kingdom in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. She will perform the song Believe In Me, composed by Desmond Child, and you can watch the official video here on eurovision.tv.

The United Kingdom is one of the last countries to announce their entry for this year's edition of Europe's Favourite TV Show, and it has led to a frenzy of speculation in recent weeks as to who would be performing the entry in Malmö. Now it can be officially confirmed that it is Bonnie Tyler who will be singing the song Believe In Me composed by Desmond Child.

Watch the Official video of Believe In Me

Rumours and speculation...

In recent weeks, names such as Petula Clark, Kimberley Walsh, John Barrowman,Joe McElderry, Emeli Sande, Girls Aloud and the Pet Shops Boys were all being touted around by fans on various internet forums and websites.

On his weekly Radio 2 show, BBC commentator Graham Norton had hinted that the artist who would be carrying the flag for the United Kingdom had received airplay on his programme in the previous month. This led to fans scrutinising the playlists of songs and artists aired on his Saturday morning show.

Other online sources had mentioned it would be a female soloist with a power ballad....and this turned out to be the closest, as the waiting is now over, and it is Bonnie Tyler who will have the honour of representing the United Kingdom.

Who is Bonnie Tyler?

Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins on the 8th June, 1951) is from Wales, and had her first major hit with the song Lost In France, which reached the UK Top ten in 1976. The following year she was nominated at the Brit Awards in the Best British Newcomer category.

Her distinct husky voice was as a result of an operation to remove nodules from her vocal cords, but it didn't prevent her from carrying on with her career, and her 1977 single It's A Heartache became another international hit.

In 1983 she had her biggest international hit with the song Total Eclipse Of The Heart, which was a number one in several countries, including the USA, where it topped the Billboard Hot 100. The same song turned out to be a big hit for Nicki French, who had a top ten hit in the UK and the USA with a dance cover version in 1993. (Nicki French went onto represent the United Kingdom in 2000 with Don't Play That Song Again).

Bonnie Tyler's last major hit was in 1984 with Holding Out For A Hero which featured on the soundtrack of the film Footloose.

In 1984 she was nominated for three Grammy Awards and in both 1984 and 1986 she was again nominated for a Brit Award, this time for Best British Female Artist.

Throughout the 1990s she enjoyed success mainly in Europe, working with the producer and composer Dieter Bohlen, and her album Bitterblue was a big seller in Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden. She was nominated for an Echo Award in 1993 for Best Pop/Rock Singer, and in the following year she won Best International Female Vocalist at the RSH Gold Award, the Goldena Europa Award and Echo Award.

In 2003 she recorded a French version of her hit Total Eclipse Of The Heart, as a duet with Kareen Antonn, entitled Si Demain...(Turn Around), it reached number one in France and remained top of the charts for an impressive ten weeks, as well as being a hit in Belgium and Poland. This was followed up by another French language remake Si Tout S'Arrête (it's A Heartache), again with Antonn, reaching the top 20.

In recent years she has also made guest performance appearances on both the Ukrainian and Romanian versions of The X Factor.

With this impressive international career, it has made Bonnie Tyler the ideal choice to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013.

Last February she announced she was working on a new album, and it was while she was doing an interview in Norway last July that she revealed the title of the album would be called Rocks & Honey.

The album was completed in December 2012 and it is from this album that the song Believe In Me has been chosen as the song Bonnie Tyler will perform in Europe's Favourite TV Show. The song is composed by Desmond Child, and the album Rocks & Honey will be released on Friday the 8th of March.

As one of the Big Five countries in the Eurovision Song Contest, the United Kingdom automatically qualifies for the Grand Final of the contest to be held on Saturday the 18th of May in Malmö.


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  • Posted on 13/May 2013 at 11:47
    I will vote for Belarus. For youth and beauty. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2013 at 20:07
    I think, that woman - fantastic! look like a young girl!
    but i prefer Aloyna Lanskaya! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/May 2013 at 09:33
    Good song, but not the best song! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/May 2013 at 09:31
    I think that in the final she had no chance.
    P.S. Only Alena Lanskaya, only victory) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/May 2013 at 09:25
    Good song but her voice ... nothing to add report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/May 2013 at 09:11
    wish Bonie good luck but i think the contest needs some new wave like, uh... yes, Belarus. a nive girl with a nice song. i will vote for Belarus report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7/May 2013 at 14:17
    Bonnie undeniably great. But in comparing with young singers loses... for example look at the belarusian singer or others... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2/May 2013 at 00:40
    Clearly she is the best artist this year. I love she and his songs including believe in me. SHE IS BIG and i wish that she win this year. Good luck Bonie!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/April 2013 at 16:39
    Bonnie Tyler has an excellent chance this year! Not only is she popular all throughout Europe, but 'Believe In Me' is a fantastic song. Personally I can see Bonnie winning Eurovision 2013. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22/April 2013 at 00:19
    It's a shame we don't give previous XFactor/The voice singers a chance! I'd like to see somebody fresh who WE get a say in! Bring back song for Europe and lets start taking it a bit more seriously! We lose out on so much AMAZING talent from our reality singing shows! Remember how well Jessica Garlic did with 'come back? (Previous pop idol contestant) so much talent disappears from these shows!
    But I still want to wish Bonnie all the luck in the world, a great artist but in my view the song isn't strong enough, I'm hoping to be proven wrong! xxxx report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/April 2013 at 21:32
    @Sam31212 - People in the UK may still respect Tom Jones, especially as he remains a music legend and still going strong today, but if the UK were to send him to the Eurovision Song Contest, would the British public respect that decision? I very much doubt it. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3/April 2013 at 01:11
    Bit middle of the road, bit oldfashionned, not bad, not good... A song you will easy forget, but good luck to Bonnie! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2/April 2013 at 04:35
    @Bjorneo - Actually, people in the UK still respect Tom Jones and what he has contributed to our music industry. If you ask anyone here with some good music sense they will tell you that they know that he is a good singer. He's not a has-been, he is a musical legend that people still love today. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28/March 2013 at 12:24
    @Diana Ferdjulyan, Tom Jones?!? The UK will just see him as another has-been.

    The problem with the UK trying to send current, successful British singers to the Eurovision Song Contest is, would they even consider representing the UK, knowing they'll be constantly be slated by the British public and media, as well as the possible consequences for failing to win the whole contest? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/March 2013 at 19:13
    What is going on every year? I know like 20 different british bands an singers that are great! Where are they? And if you want to send world singers, please choose Tom Jones report to the moderator