Beeb wanted me for Eurovision in 1983 but my heart wasn’t in it
Bonnie revealed that the BBC first approached her in 1983 to be the British entry for the annual song contest — but she was then riding high with her international No1 Total Eclipse Of The Heart and she said no to the offer.
Instead, the UK was represented by a group called Sweet Dreams, whose song I’m Never Giving Up came a respectable sixth.
But Bonnie told TV Biz she jumped at the chance when the Beeb asked her again — and now can’t wait to fly the flag in Sweden in May with her ditty Believe In Me.
She said: “I was first asked to do Eurovision by the BBC in 1983. I was in America at the time where I was No1 for four weeks so it wasn’t the right time. 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.”
Bonnie admitted she has always been a big fan of Eurovision.
She said: “It used to be compulsive watching. We used to look at it for the funny clothes as well as the songs.”
Bonnie — famed for her leather outfits in the Eighties — said her look will be different when she takes to the stage in Malmo, with Welsh designer Julien Macdonald being lined up for the job.
She said: “The leather trousers have gone now. Apparently the BBC are going to ask Julien to make me something. That would be fantastic. I haven’t got a figure like his models, though.”
The Welsh rocker insisted she will not disappoint like last year’s entry Engelbert Humperdinck, who limped home second from last with his ballad Love Will Set You Free.
She said: “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.”
While the BBC has again been criticised for not picking a fresh young artist to represent the UK, Bonnie insisted she still has what it takes to bring the crown home.
She said: “I am a proud Brit. It is a real honour. Believe In Me is the perfect title. I hope I can win it. I am going to give it my best shot, believe me.”
But Bonnie said she has already experienced one down side of doing Eurovision — she cannot get any tickets for friends and family.
She said: “I have been asked by quite a few people but there are no tickets left. I won’t have any support there apart from the BBC!”
Bonnie first found fame in 1976 when she reached the UK Top 10 with her hit Lost In France — and she has not stopped since.
She is currently touring Europe and said her continued success on the continent will help her Eurovision aspirations.
She said: “I am a lucky girl and most of my success is in Europe anyway. Most of the countries vote for their neighbours, but I have got an edge because I am successful in a lot of countries. One German paper said they loved me so much they think I am going to win. France is big for me too, and Scandinavia.” Bonnie keeps up with modern music — and is a fan of The X Factor.
She said: “I love Emeli Sande and of course Adele is absolutely amazing. I do watch The X Factor. I do feel sorry for some of the winners who are chewed up and spat out, though, but it is a good opportunity for people. I hope Simon Cowell will vote for me! Years ago when I was 17 and had just started singing, there were a lot more opportunities because there were residencies and bands in all the discos. I was singing six nights a week for seven years with a band before I got discovered, so I had a lot of experience behind me. I was happy just singing locally in a band. I never dreamt I would be successful, especially now, at 61.”