Last week it was announced that Swansea singer, Bonnie Tyler, will be representing the UK in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place on 18th May in Malmo, Sweden.
In recent years the UK has chosen classic icons, who have been out of the public eye for some time, to represent us in the Eurovision, and this year is no different. Bonnie Tyler was an 80’s rock icon who is famous for power ballads including “Total eclipse of the heart”, “It’s a heartache” and “Holding out for a hero”.
She will be heading into the Eurovision with a song written by Desmond Child, who has written songs for the likes of Bon Jovi, Kiss, Cher, Aerosmith and Ricky Martin. The song, titled ‘Believe in me’, can be heard here. Let us know your thoughts!
So, what are we up against?
As the host nation and winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Sweden could be our greatest threat. This year, Robin Stjernberg will be representing Sweden with a song called ‘You’, a modern, upbeat pop record which will go down well with many Eurovision voters.
We’re not all British in this office, so let’s see what some of our team’s countries have to offer…
Representing Spain this year will be the band ESDM (El Sueño de Morfeo) with the song ‘Contigo hasta el final’ (‘With you all the way’), which was voted as the favourite song of the band by voters from the Spanish public and a chosen jury. Looking at the band you will probably expect a rock song, however ‘Contigo hasta el final’ starts as a ballad and turns into a mainstream pop song.
Greece have chosen a collaboration between legendary folk singer, Agathonas Lakavidis and Balkan style alternative band, Koza Mostra, who will come together to sing ‘Alcohol is free’. It’s an odd combination, but a catchy song which has the ‘fun factor’ which often wins points at the Eurovision. Watch this space!
Italy are yet to announce their Eurovision song entry, however it has been confirmed that Marco Mengoni has been chosen to represent the country. He rose to fame by winning the third season of the Italian X Factor in 2009 and has since released a number of pop rock songs.
With a strong fan base all around Europe, could Bonnie Tyler be the UK’s ticket to success in this year’s contest? Hopefully we’ll do a lot better than last year!