The Welsh pop singer Bonnie Tyler has been confirmed as the UK representative for Eurovision 2013.
The 61-year-old, best known for her 1983 hit Total Eclipse of the Heart, said she was “honoured” to be asked.
“I promise to give this everything that I’ve got for the UK!” she said in a statement.
Tyler will be performing the song, Believe in Me, in front of 120 million viewers in Malmo, Sweden on 18 May at the 58th Eurovision Song Contest.
“I am truly honoured and delighted to be able to represent my country at Eurovision, and especially with such a fabulous song,” said Tyler.
The Eurovision song contest was devised in 1955 by the European Broadcasting Union which was created to search for ways to bring together a war torn Europe and was first held in Switzerland in May 1996, the contest regularly watched by over 600m people.
In 1999 the rule was created to allow a choice of language , with this allowance, Belgium entered the 2003 Contest with “Sanomi”, a song sung in a constructed language. In 2006 the Dutch entry, “Amambanda”, was sung partly in English and partly in an artificial language. In 2008 the Belgian entry, “O Julissi”, was sung in an artificial language. In 2011 the Norwegian entry, “Haba Haba”, which was sung in English and Swahili, was the first song to be sung in an African language.
The question remains would the UK fare any better if the song was translated into a foreign language? Other nations have chosen a multilingual entry in a hope to woo the voting nations and bring home the Eurovision.
Ahead of last year’s entry, Love Will Set You Free by Engelbert Humperdinck, which finished second from last with just 12 points, the BBC took Engelbert Humperdinck on a global transcreation exercise to woo voters ahead of the main competition. But maybe the UK is never destined to host the glitz and glamour on its own shore again?
(Photo by Lorenzo Herrera)