UK’s Eurovision representatives getting younger

Lindsay Scott casts an eye over the UK selection for Eurovision 2013

A decade and a half separates this year’s United Kingdom Eurovision Song Contest representative from last year’s – but will this bring any improvement to the country’s fortunes in the most fickle of song competitions?

The BBC has announced that Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler has been chosen to represent the United Kingdom at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden on May 18th.

The 61-year-old, best known for her hits “Lost in France” (1976), “It’s a Heartache” (1977) and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983) said she was honoured to be asked and has promised to give her all for the UK.

Last year’s entry, “Love Will Set You Free”, performed by 76-year-old Engelbert Humperdinck, finished second last with just 12 points in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Tyler will be performing the song, “Believe in Me”, written by American songwriter Desmond Child with British songwriters Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide, in front of an estimated 120 million viewers across Europe.

Child, who has worked with Tyler throughout her career, has also written hits for rock bands Kiss (“I Was Made for Loving You“) and Bon Jovi (“You Give Love a Bad Name“) and penned the Ricky Martin hits “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and “She Bangs”.

“I am truly honoured and delighted to be able to represent my country at Eurovision, and especially with such a fabulous song,” said Tyler, born Gaynor Hopkins in Neath, Wales, and nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1984, including best female pop vocal for “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.

Last year Engelbert Humperdinck became the first genuine veteran UK artist in the competition and this year sees another enter the fray, as a writer and not a performer though.

65-year-old Black Sabbath guitarist Tony (Tommy) Iommi, has written the song “Lonely Planet” which will be the official entry from Armenia performed by the band Dorians.
The United Kingdom has finished last in three competitions; the infamous 2003 “nul points” result was the first time, something that was repeated in 2008 and 2010.

So, while we’re all holding out for a hero in the shape of our Welsh wonder, will it be a heartache or will Ms Tyler be the one in the limelight come May 18th?

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