Sunday 24 September 2017

Bonnie Tyler: ‘I didn’t do Eurovision in the 80s because I was too successful’

Bonnie Tyler was asked to do Eurovision many years ago
Bonnie Tyler was asked to do Eurovision many years ago
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

BONNIE Tyler has admitted that the BBC asked her to represent the UK at the Eurovision 30 years ago.

Tyler was announced last week as the UK’s representative at the competition in Malmo in May.

However she revealed in a new interview that she was originally asked to fly the flag in 1983, at the height of her fame.

"I was first asked to do Eurovision by the BBC in 1983, I was in America at the time where I was number one for four weeks so it wasn't the right time” she told The Sun.

"But this is the perfect time. The BBC heard 'Believe In Me' and thought it was an incredible opportunity for such a good song. I wasn't expecting such a reaction."

The UK finished second last in the 2012 edition of the completion when the country sent crooner Engelbert Humperdinck.

Tyler explains his song lacked ‘oomph’: "I watched Eurovision last year from my place in Portugal. I think Engelbert had a bad night. I don't think the song was the best for him. It didn't have any oomph," she said.

Bookmakers Paddy Power think the contest will stay in Scandinavia in 2014 - Norway, Denmark and hosts Sweden are the favorites to take the prize.

The Uk are outsiders at 25/1, the same odds as Ireland’s Ryan Dolan.

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