Speculation has been mounting for weeks over who will represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with Diana Vickers, Pixie Lott and Kimberley Walsh’s names all thrown into the ring at various points.
But like last year’s selection of Engelbert Humperdinck, organisers have decided to opt for someone a little more experienced again with today’s confirmation that 80s power balladeer Bonnie Tyler has been given the responsibility of avoiding a nul points scenario.
But despite the fact that choosing an old-timer didn’t exactly work out last year, (Humperdinck’s ‘Love Will Set You Free‘ finished 25th with a measly 12 points), the 61-year-old has been chosen to compete for her country in Malmo on May 18 with a track called ‘Believe In Me’.
Co-written by Desmond Child (Bon Jovi), the big epic country-rock ballad, which will also appear on her upcoming album, ‘Rocks and Honey,’ wouldn’t sound too out of place on a Shania Twain or Faith Hill record.
Indeed, the song is certainly better than most of the entries we’ve sent this century. But compared to last year’s excellent winner, Loreen’s ‘Euphoria,’ it still feels hopelessly out of touch with what most of our European neighbours are currently entering.
Of course, Tyler is understandably delighted to be given the chance of a first hit in nearly 30 years, revealing in an official statement:
“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!”
A Top 10 finish doesn’t seem entirely out of the question, but maybe next year we could send someone who wasn’t around when the contest first started in 1956?