Scandinavia makes it two wins on the trot, with Ireland, Spain and Finland bringing up the rear
Denmark emerged as the winners of Sunday's (May 19) Eurovision Song Contest, with 20-year-old singer Emmelie de Forest taking home the crown with her folk-pop selection 'Only Teardops.' The competition, held in Malmo, Sweden, also gave Scandanavian it's second successive win, with singer Loreen's 'Euphoria' taking home the award in Baku, Azerbaijan, last year.
Considering the massive cost of the song contest in recent years, with host cities spending upwards of £50 million over the past few years, Malmo decided for a stripped back approach this time, with de Forest's song reflecting this austere mood. He singing was complemented by a drums and a tin whistle, resulting an uplifting pop song that was a far cry from the extravagant displays soundtracked by a EuroPop anthem that was the norm for most other countries.
Emmelie de Forest is ushered from the stage after being presented with her award
Bonnie Tyler appears to have little chance at the Eurovision song contest this year.
With just one day to go until this year's Eurovision Song Contest, the UK's entry Bonnie Tyler has been pushed out to 50/1 from original odds of 40/1. The British songstress has courted little support in a market dominated by Denmark's Emmelie De Forest, who is now considered the overwhelming favourite at 4/6. The barefooted beauty has attracted more than a third of all the money placed on the competition and the odds suggest that it's unthinkable she could lose the title.
Though Bonnie Tyler appears to face an uphill task to win - have you heard her song?! - Azerbaijan are attracting some support having been cut to 12/1 from 20/1 in the space of 24 hours. Belgium have been the week's biggest movers having been cut from 300/1 to 100/1. A spokesperson for Paddy Power said "It's unusual to have an odds on favourite for the Eurovision but our punters seem to be in agreement with us. At 25/1 Ryan Dolan [Ireland] certainly has a chance but Bonnie Tyler will need a huge performance to prove her odds wrong."
Elsewhere, Russia are still available at 14/1, while Germany and the Netherlands are still 25/1. Sweden could be worth a bet at 66/1 while Finland, Greece and Georgia are priced at a modest 33/1. It appears that Denmark's main rival will be nearby Norway, currently available at 11/2.
What can we say? Bonnie's one relaxed chic
Where there was once pressure, there’s now nonchalance. Where there was once integrity, there lays show business. And where there was once a hotly contested singing contest, there’s the Eurovision Song Contest.
Tyler's got the cigars out (not literally)
So when Bonnie Tyler – an expert of both times – gears up for the biggest talent show on earth, her relaxed attitude is understandable. She told BANG Showbiz: “People love Eurovision…If I don’t win it’s not going to damage my reputation- people know me much too well already from my live shows. They have seen me give so many powerful live performances. I am a live singer. And I believe in the song.” And she’s right. People watch Eurovision to see if Finland do something mental, or if recent political travestys play on the voting (they always do). Tyler just hopes she out-performs Engelbert Humperdinck, the UK’s Eurovision contestant last year, as she wasn’t 100% sure on his song choice. “I think he’s got a strong voice, but the song wasn’t strong enough for him. It wasn’t the right song. His hits in the past have been powerful, and I don’t think it had anything for him to get into.”
Last year's Euro loser offers hope to this year's contestant
Last year’s Eurovision loser, Englebert Humperdinck has written an open letter to Bonnie Tyler, who will be representing the UK later this year when the contest takes place in Malmo, Sweden.
Writing on his Facebook page, the ageing crooner, who came second to last in the 2012 pop contest, told Tyler “Dear Bonnie, I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate you on being the one to represent our wonderful country. The Eurovision was such a great step in my career and with the grand support of the BBC and my beloved country behind me, the loss of winning had me stepping on a loose unforgiving stone on a pyramid to paradise... but paradise will always be there for someone else to triumph in fair judgment to pride our country (sic) once again. You can do it Bonnie!!" Humperdinck’s performance may have been roundly dissed by, well, all the other countries involved and the decision to use Tyler as this year’s entrant may have been widely dissed by, well, most media outlets in the UK but it’s still pretty charming of ol’ Humperdinck to reach out to Tyler with some words of encouragement.
Bonnie Tyler was most popular back in the 1980s, when she had huge chart success with ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart.’ The track that she will perform at this year’s Eurovision contest is entitled ‘Believe In Me.’
Bonnie Tyler will represent Britain at this year's Eurovision.
The Eurovision song contest is fast approaching and, while no one is all that bothered really, it looks like Britain will finally compete to win this year, with pop veteran Bonnie Tyler.
While Eurovision tends to be won primarily by young, emerging acts, performing impressive up-tempo numbers (something the newly released Believe In Me sadly isn’t), apparently someone somewhere saw a match made in heaven when it came to Tyler at the song competition. To be fair, there might be something to it, considering the fact that the 61-year-old singer might have just been known for a handful of hits in the late 70s/early 80s, but she is certainly a recognisable act, which could secure her a top spot. Well, it could secure her something other than the last spot, which seems to be enough these days, after Englebert Humperding, Britain’s offering at the 2012 competition, notoriously scored just 12 points (for reference, the winning Swedish act had 372.)
After all, is there anyone in the English-speaking world who hasn’t done a dramatic rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart, possibly one involving a hairbrush microphone?
We don't tthink the Welsh singer will come close to these abominations.
News that Bonnie Tyler is to represent the United Kingdom in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has brought some right curmudgeons out of the woodwork, claiming that this is going to be one of the worst Eurovision entrants by Britain in years.
Bonnie Tyler will be the UK's 2013 Eurovision entrant - will she be the worst yet?
Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler is hoping to better Engelbert Humperdinck's disappointing Eurovision result
Bonnie Tyler has been chosen as the UK’s entrant for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Malmö, Sweden on May 18, 2013. The Guardian reported the news today (March 7, 2013) that the 51 year old singer has been selected to sing a song called ‘Believe In Me’ at the high profile event and will be hoping to better Engelbert Humperdinck’s efforts last year. That shouldn’t be too much of a challenge, given that he just about scraped second-to-last.
Bonnie Tyler has been selected as this year's Eurovision entrant for the UK