UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, Bonnie Tyler, has spoken to the BBC about her song Believe in me, as well as why she turned down competing before, her new album, and why Engelbert Humperdinck failed to make his mark in Baku.
The song, Believe in me, is on her new album, Rocks and honey. When the album made its way to the BBC at the end of last year, the song immediately stood out to BBC executives and Bonnie was approached to be the entrant. This is not the first time she has been asked to take part – she was approached in 1983, but was too busy to do it as it was at the time of the release of her now-classic song Total Eclipse of the heart and she was working in the US at the time. This time, with her new album coming out, she says it is the perfect time for her to take part.
The song, Believe in me, was written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide. All three writers have an impressive track record, having written on songs for Mark Almond, Lana Del Ray (Braide), Christina Aguilera, Shakira (Christy) and Kiss, Cher, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin (Child). With such a great writing pedigree, not to mention the talent of Bonnie herself, hopes are high that the UK can improve on its disappointing result from 2012 – where Engelbert Humperdinck finished second from last with 12 points. On this, Bonnie says “Engelbert is a superstar, but I don’t think the song was strong enough for him.”
Bonnie Tyler’s new album Rocks and honey is available now. Her interview with the BBC is available to view here