'I can’t compete with them stripping off’: Bonnie Tyler admits she’s in for tough Eurovision... but hopes her vocals stand out
Her career has spanned almost half a century due to her instantly recognisable vocals. But Bonnie Tyler is more than aware that it’s not her voice alone which will help her lead the UK to victory at next month’s Eurovision song contest. In an interview with the MailOnline the Welsh singing sensation revealed she can’t compete with the other acts stripping off, however if it is based solely on the music she stands ‘a very good chance’.
The 61-year-old, who will be competing with her song Believe In Me, said: ‘It's a tricky one the Eurovision Song Contest because it's not all about the music, is it? Some of the videos... I've just been shown a few and I can't compete with the some of them stripping off.’
Discussing her own performance she shared: ‘I'm just doing a performance of the song, with six musicians on the stage. Everyone is allowed six people around.’
Bonnie however is positive that her vocal ability will hopefully help her go far in the competition: ‘If we go by the music I've got a very good chance I think but it's not all about that is it? It's political as you know.’
While she recognises the often biased voting in the competition she says it’s a ‘chance’ artists who enter the competition choose to take.
She mused: ‘Usually the UK votes for Ireland and Ireland votes for the UK. But I am successful in a lot of European countries so hopefully this might do a bit of a turn around but I'm just going to try my best.’ Before adding: ‘I'd love to win it don't get me wrong.’
Bonnie was selected for the popular singing contest after her album Rocks and Honey was sent to the BBC to see how it would be received. The song Believe In Me instantly stood out and she was immediately approached to represent the UK.
‘When they asked me to do it I was surprised because they asked me 30 years ago but I couldn't do it then because I was in America busy working on tour,’ she said.
And in typical Bonnie style, she’s more concerned about her outfit than the actual performance.
She said: ‘I'm more nervous about what I am going to wear because I haven't got my outfit yet.
‘I'm not going to be half naked ripping things off.’
Bonnie's hugely successful career began when she was just 17-years-old and she came second in a local talent competition, which she credits as ‘giving her the confidence to want to be singer.’
At the time she chose not to sign up to an agent and instead formed a band and hit the road for the next seven years. Before hitting the big time she entered a TV talent show called New Faces, coming fourth out of seven and admits that she may have entered the likes of The Voice and The X Factor if they were around then.
However she has her reservations: ‘I do feel sorry for some of the people who are one hit wonders and then they are spat out.’ She continued: ‘I've done it the hard way. I've worked and I do many many live shows, I’m always in Europe doing live shows. I'm always working.’
And whatever happens with Eurovision it seems playing live music will be what she continues to do.
‘Hopefully this is what will happen - Monday to Friday sun, sea, drinks, meals and then get on the plane do my shows have a good time with my band,’ she said. ‘Then go back and have another five days sun and do it all again the next weekend,’ she added letting out a raspy laugh that could only belong to Bonnie Tyler.
Bonnie is due to release her new album Rocks and Honey on 6th May.
The Eurovision Song Competition will take place on Saturday 18th May in Malmö, Sweden, broadcast live on BBC One & BBC One HD and live on BBC Radio 2.