Welcome to another edition of 52 weeks of Eurovision – If you missed last week’s post on Nicki French you can find it here.
This week we go back to 2013 when Bonnie Tyler graced the Eurovision stage singing like Tina Turner with tonsilitis. The contest took place in Malmo, Sweden after Loreen won the competition the previous year. The theme of this year’s show was ‘We are one’…but actually we were 19, 19th place that is with a pathetic 23 points. – Well at least we were not last!
Bonnie Tyler, born Gaynor Hopkins is a notable Welsh singer famous for hits such as ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Holding out for a Hero”, and won the chance to compete with the song ‘Believe in me’. The song was released in the UK prior to the contest, but only reached number 93 in the UK charts – so even the Brits failed to back the aged singer, still, it was a day out for her at least.
Despite being well-known to the European crowds, Bonnie failed to entice Europe away from Bloc voting, which in 2013 was a combination of jury and tele-vote for the 1st time. Instead the contest was won by neighbouring Denmark where Emmelie de Forest won with the song ‘Only teardrops’.
Here is Bonnie’s entry for the UK….