Bonnie Tyler sings on rising stage in Eurovision 2013 rehearsal - just don't expect her to rip her skirt off
13 May 2013 18:15
The British have had a bad Eurovision run the last few years. Are you feeling the pressure?
Bonnie Tyler: Well yeah, we haven't got a very good track record. But you know what the Eurovision is like, very political. And I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't get good scores. As long as I do a good show on the night then I'll be happy with myself.
There are a lot of gimmicks in Eurovision. Are you going for one?
BT: Nope, no gimmicks, my gimmick is not having any gimmicks. so no you definitely won't be seeing me with a host of semi-naked men on motorbikes. And I won't be ripping my skirt off either, not that Bucks Fizz weren't fantastic in the day - they were brilliant.
Believe In Me, the song you'll be singing, is from your album Honey And Rocks. How did it get chosen?
BT: I finished the album last year, then we put it around to radio stations to see what people thought. someone who had something to do with Eurovision heard Believe In Me and wanted me to do it. it was a bit of a surprise to be asked, but I'm happy to do it. I know a lot of people wouldn't do it because they call it the poisoned chalice. I can take it on the chin if I don't get a good score but I hope I can win, although I doubt it.
What's been your favourite-ever Eurovision act?
BT: I loved Katrina And The Waves. funnily enough she rang me to show her support. So did Nicky from Brotherhood of man.
You were asked to do Eurovision 30 years ago, why didn't you agree then?
BT: I was living in the states and I was no1 there and in the UK and I was so busy doing shows it wasn't the right time. But now it is.
You're loved in Europe, will that help on the night?
BT: That's probably why the BBC asked me, they thought they were in with a chance of getting some votes from Europe.
Bet you'll be needing a stiff drink during the long wait while they're voting?
BT: A few drinks, but not before. I will after because there's about a three-hour wait. I like a nice full-bodied red wine or Champagne. But I've been drinking vodka recently because there's no calories in that and I'd like to lose a few more pounds before the night.
What's the strangest place you've ever performed?
BT: When I did the video for Holding Out For A Hero we filmed that on top of the grand Canyon and that was quite frightening. I was close to the edge and there was a helicopter hovering about, creating a lot of wind and I was nervous I was going to fall off. you wouldn't see people doing that today - health and safety.
Do you ever get sick of performing Holding Out For A Hero?
BT: never. When I tour with the new album I still do the classics and I love the atmosphere it creates with the whole audience singing along.
What do you think of the Lego recreation of the Total Eclipse video on YouTube?
BT: Fantastic, but my hair was a bit short. it was more like an Afro. It's flattering.
Which artist would you most like to duet with?
BT: I think Emeli Sandé is great. maybe someone could write a song for us.
Do people sing your songs at you when you're out and about?
BT: Yep, usually they do It's A Heartache. sometimes i'll join in.
You once turned down a Bond theme. Do you regret it?
BT: No, but I wish they'd ask me again and give me a good song. I didn't like the song and it was the only one that never became a hit.
Have you ever been starstruck?
BT: Yes, with Tina Turner. I first met her early in my career in Germany. she was on stage rehearsing and It's A Heartache was no1 there at the time. she saw me walk into the TV studio and she started singing it. I thought 'oh my god, she's my hero'. And I've still got the signed picture she gave me in my house.
Who would play you in a film of your life?
BT: Ooh, Goldie Hawn, we're roughly the same age.
Most unusual thing a fan has sent you?
BT: A mother's Day card from a girl who was convinced I was her mother and had given her away at birth. obviously it wasn't true.
Do you have a lucky charm?
BT: A beautiful angel ornament blessed by monks that a German fan gave me and my late mother's diamond ring on my little finger. I'll wear her ring on Eurovision night - when I look down I can see her hands.
You have been married for 40 years (to Robert Sullivan who she met when he was managing a nightclub she performed in). What's your secret to a happy marriage?
BT: Keep him with you at all times. Ha ha.
And there's more...
Bonnie sang the chorus of It's A Heartache to us, and that voice is still as strong and gravelly as ever... After we chatted, she was going to a meeting to discuss her Eurovision costume but told us, 'No, there won't be any leather involved'... When she's not performing all over Europe, her passion is interior design and she has plenty of scope to practise with homes in Portugal and Wales...