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Bonnie Tyler Hopes To Eclipse Eurovision Rivals
Bonnie Tyler has been picked to represent the UK in this year's Eurovision competition.
The 61-year-old star, who found fame nationally with Lost In France in 1976, is hoping to totally eclipse her rivals at the event in Malmo, Sweden, with a song called Believe In Me.
She 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 competition will be broadcast live by the BBC on Saturday, May 18.
Tyler's career was almost over before it started when she had surgery to remove nodules from her throat.
But the singer, who was born in South Wales, credits the operation with helping develop her trademark husky vocals.
Her other hits include It's A Heartache and Holding Out For A Hero.
Tyler - who continues to be a chart success in Continental Europe - is hoping she can improve the UK's rating on last year's performance by Engelbert Humperdinck, who scraped into last-but-one place in the contest.
He opened the show in Baku, Azerbaijan, with the ballad Love Will Set You Free, but seemed to have been forgotten by the time voting started, 25 songs later.
The singer, nicknamed The Hump, scored a total of 12 - ending up just one position above Norway.
Critics of the contest say it is no longer a good-hearted singing competition between European nations, but a chance for neighbouring countries to engage in political and strategic voting.
what do you think?
Go Bonnie ! But don't be surprised if we get nil points. Eurovision has been about politics and not music since the mid 1980's.
Its riged by block voteing
Good on yer, bonnie.....we won't win tho, it's a farce!
I gave up watching Eurovision years ago...It's a heartache, nothing but a heartache. It's a fools game, nothing but a fools game. Tee hee sorry Bonnie :)
Not particularly a fan one way or the other but got to admire her courage and wish her luck for whats longs since been a futile excuse for a 'song competition'.
last year we we put up a 70+yr old has been , this year a 61 yr would be dolly bird but then we only enter to make up the numbers as nobody would vote for us whoever we put up or how good the song was.