It’s almost that time again… the glitz, the glamour, the sequins, the inter-European jockeying for votes and the cringe-factor. Yes I’m talking about Eurovision. That once a year talent show where European countries (and Israel – how did they get into Europe?????) roll out the best of the worst pop singers in their country and inflict them on the roughly 120 million viewers worldwide.
Today the UK announced the latest victim to represent the British Isles and it is none other than 80s popstar, Bonnie Tyler. Best known for her 1983 hit ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, Tyler is “honoured” and “delighted” to be representing the UK and promises to “give this everything that I’ve got for the UK!”.
Tyler will be performing a new song, ‘Believe in Me’ (see the music video above). The song is an American-British collaboration written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide. Child has had a long relationship with Tyler through her career and has also written hits for rock bands Kiss, Bon Jovi and wrote ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ and ‘She Bangs’ for Ricky Martin.
Brits are hoping that Tyler can restore some honour following the dismal performance of last year’s entry, Engelbert Humperdinck, who finished a depressing second last. The UK has entered every competition since 1959 and has won on five occasions. The last time was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves song, ‘Love Shine a Light’. Incidentally they also hold the record for the largest number of points scored in a single Eurovision contest (227).
The 58th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Malmo, Sweden on 18 May.