Tyler ‘too good’ for competition
EUROVISION hopeful Bonnie Tyler (pictured) has been advised that if her song does not win the contest it’s because it’s too good. The 61-year-old Total Eclipse of the Heart star will represent the UK in the singing competition with a track from her new countryinspired album called Believe In Me. She follows Engelbert Humperdinck, who last year finished just one place from the bottom. In 2011, boy band Blue finished in 11th place. ‘‘It has been said to me over the last couple of weeks, ‘You’re not going to win this Bonnie, your song’s too good’,’’ Tyler says. ‘‘Eurovision – you can’t guarantee that it’s all about the song, but I’m going to give it my best shot and I think we’ve got a good chance of having a good score at least.’’ The contest will take place in Malmo, Sweden, on May 18. Welsh star Tyler is more nervous about getting her outfit right, rather than performing to viewers across Europe at the show. ‘‘I still don’t know what I’m wearing – and that’s a bit nerve-racking.’’ But the Holding Out For a Hero star is staying true to herself with her performance. ‘‘I’m not going dramatic, I’m going Bonnie Tyler,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m not having backing dancers on the stage. My outfit will be much like I wear normally I think. Probably something a bit off the shoulder, with sleeves. Not too low cut and maybe some sort of flowing bottom over skinny trousers or something.’’ Tyler is proud to be representing the UK: ‘‘I only wish that my mother and father were still alive to see it, because they loved the Eurovision.’’ The competition will be broadcast on the SBS in May.
– ALBERTINA LLOYD
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