Holding out for a hero!
Bonnie Tyler could be our Eurovision hero this year as she confirms she will be the UK’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The song she will be performing is called ‘Believe in Me’ and was written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide, and produced by David Huff. It was recorded at Blackbird Studios, Nashville, Tennessee and mixed at Eargasm Studios, Santa Monica California by Justin Niebank.
The UK has the most cumulative points in all Eurovision competitions, and is joint second in the winners table with five wins (alongside France, Luxembourg and Sweden, with Ireland in first place with seven). However, following a decade in which the UK has only placed in the top ten twice (Jessica Garlick in 2002 and Jade Ewen in 2009), all eyes will be on Tyler to see whether she can bring the UK back to its winning ways.
Tyler has a great many European fans, with chart topping hits in countries such as Belgium, Poland and France. She has also appeared on TV in Ukraine and Romania as a guest star on their versions of the X-Factor, as well as appearing at the New Year celebrations in Germany last year. Will this European success garner her any additional support at Eurovision? We can only get our flags ready and hope!
The Eurovision Song Competition will take place on Saturday 18th May in Malmö, Sweden, broadcast live on BBC One & BBC One HD, with commentary by Graham Norton and live on BBC Radio 2 with commentary from Ken Bruce. The semi-finals will be held on Tuesday 14th & Thursday 16th May, broadcast on BBC Three and hosted by Scott Mills and, making her Eurovision debut, Scissor Sisters star Ana Matronic.