Bonnie Tyler vows to take Eurovision by storm - with a bit of Welsh hwyl
By Elena Cresci, WalesOnline
She's conquered stages worldwide – now Bonnie Tyler says she’s ready to inject some Welsh hwyl into her Eurovision performance.
A Eurovision win has evaded the United Kingdom for 16 years, but Skewen’s own rock’n’roll songstress plans to give it her best shot to reach the top spot with her entry Believe in Me.
She said: “Put it this way – I’m going to give it a bit of Welsh hwyl when I’m there. I’ll give it my best shot.”
It seems Tyler was made for the glitz and glamour of Eurovision – she was even asked to represent the United Kingdom when she was at the height of her career in the 1980s.
She said: “They asked me if I’d like to do it. At the time, I was Number One in both America and the UK so I was just too busy. But now is the perfect time, I think, and we’ve got such a good song.”
And she revealed two Eurovision winners. Katrina Leskanich of Katrina and the Waves and Nicky Stevens of Brotherhood of Man, have given her words of advice ahead of May’s performance.
She said: “I’ve had calls from Katrina and Nicky – they both gave me some advice and told me to enjoy myself and take it in my stride. Graham Norton also told me to pace myself as it can be quite exhausting,” she added.
With a month to go to the big performance, the Skewen singer admitted her schedule is completely hectic with preparations and media interviews.
She said: “The actual day will be very tiring, as you’ve got the media interviews all day and then you’ve got to sing after all that.It’s a lot of work, but I’m really enjoying it all.”
Millions of people across Europe will be tuning in for the contest, held in Malmö, Sweden, but Tyler said she is relaxed about the performance, having sung in front of some her all-time idols at the Grammy awards in 1984.
“When I performed at the Grammys, I was singing in front of some huge superstars, all sitting in the front row. Michael Jackson was there the year I performed – that was really nerve-wracking. I just plan to be my natural self on stage in Sweden and do my best.”
While she will have the weight of the BBC on her side come May 18, unfortunately her family won’t be able to make the performance – because they couldn’t get tickets in time.
“I tried and I tried to get them some, but they’re all sold out,” revealed Tyler. I think they’ll all be celebrating at home with any luck, but it’s a shame not to have any of them there with me.”
The Total Eclipse of the Heart singer was diplomatic about her chances in the competition, which was last won by a UK entrant in 1997.
“You never know what will happen,” she said. “Voting can be quite political, but we’ve got a really good song.”
Having just returned from a Europe-wide tour, Tyler is well aware of her strong European fanbase. It seems she even has Germany onside, who will be represented at the contest by dance pop group Cascada.
She said: “One German paper said they thought I’ll win it. They said: ‘There’s no way we’ll win it again this year – Bonnie’s got it this time. I hope they’re right!”
If Tyler were to win, according to Eurovision tradition, Wales could host its first Eurovision contest. Could Tyler see the Euro extravaganza come to Cardiff?
“Well, that’s not really up to me, but it would be brilliant wouldn’t it?” said Tyler. “Cardiff is such a fantastic city, I’m sure it would be a great party. But nothing’s for definite – and I have to win first.”
Keen Eurovision fans will have the chance to put their own questions to Tyler next week when she takes to Twitter for a live Q&A session.
Questions can be submitted before Monday, April 8, by tweeting @BonnieTOfficial with the hashtag #askbonnie.
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