UK: Bonnie Tyler courts the media

by Lee Williscroft-Ferris 187 views

This year, Bonnie Tyler will represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. The 61-year-old has been busy of late, giving interviews and making a guest appearance at Madame Tussauds.

The United Kingdom has a somewhat awkward relationship with the Eurovision Song Contest. For many Brits, the event has become mired in political voting over the past two decades. For others, however, the event is the perfect excuse for a party with friends. Secretly, many British people love the Eurovision Song Contest.

2013 has seen interest in the contest grow, thanks to the announcement that Welsh legend Bonnie Tyler will be representing the island nation with her song, Believe in me. The past few days has seen a flurry of newspaper interviews and appearances by the singer of Holding out for a hero and Total eclipse of the heart.

For example, in an interview published on Independent.ie earlier today, Bonnie claims she had been warned that she may not win due to her song being too good. She goes on to explain that she is currently consulting a stylist as to what to wear on the big night and is adamant that her performance will be Bonnie Tyler; that means no dancers, just musicians and backing vocalists. The singer also expresses her regret that her late parents, both Eurovision fans, are not able to see her participate.

The Guardian later picked up on the too good story, describing it as 10 out of 10 on the lies that make no sense scale.

German entertainment show Brisant also reported on Monday that Bonnie had unveiled the latest additions to the waxwork collection of Madame Tussauds in Berlin, namely ABBA. After revealing the scarily lifelike models of the Swedish Eurovision alumni, Bonnie told the show she was hoping some of the band’s luck would run off on her.

Bonnie certainly seems to have caused something of a Euro-stir back home, with the Daily Mirror going as far as to have its own dedicated Eurovision section.

The United Kingdom will take part in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest on 18 May.

Bonnie Tyler on the One Show on BBC last month:

 

 

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