UK: Holding out for a hero – it is Bonnie Tyler with Believe in me

by Juha Repo 3,375 views

After months of speculation, false trails and fake announcements we finally have the name who will be flying the Union Flag in Malmö in May. 

Bonnie Tyler, 61, was announced by the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC as 56th act representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in May in Malmö, Sweden.

Ms Tyler was born 8 May 1951 in Skewen, Neath in Wales. Her real name is Gaynor Hopkins.

Her first hit in the UK charts was Lost in France in 1976. It was It’s a heartache in 1977 however that made her into an international star.

In the 1980’s Bonnie Tyler collaborated with Meat Loaf producer Jim Steinman. From this period comes her huge international hits Total eclipse of the heart as well as Holding out for a hero.

With Modern Talking man Dieter Bohlen as her producer in the 1990s she had continued success in continental Europe.

In 2003 she recorded a duet with French vocalist Kareen Antonn. Si demain… (Turn around) was a part French language version of Total eclipse of the heart and was another number one hit in France, Belgium and Poland, selling two million copies.

Bonnie Tyler has been actively touring around Europe and is just finishing a tour in Germany and Switzerland under the title Rock meets classic.

Her new album Rocks and honey is released on the German label ZYX on 8 March. The first single from the album is called Believe in me and is scheduled for release on 22 March.

Bonnie says, I am truly honoured and delighted to be able to represent my country at Eurovision, and especially with such a fabulous song. I promise to give this everything that I’ve got for the UK!

This song written by Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide, and produced by David Huff. It was recorded at Blackbird Studios, Nashville, Tennessee and mixed at Eargasm Studios, Santa Monica California by Justin Niebank.

The story was first broken by main UK tabloids the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail before the BBC confirmation.

See the official video for Believe in me below


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