It's been confirmed that 80s power ballad crooner Bonnie Tyler will represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The 61-year-old 'Total Eclipse Of the Heart' singer will fly the flag for the UK at the 58th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden, in front of an estimated global audience of over 120 million viewers.

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Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie will perform the song, 'Believe In Me', which was co-written by Desmond Child who has penned huge international hits for the likes of Bon Jovi, Cher and Aerosmith.

The Welsh star - who had hits with 'Holding Out For A Hero' and 'Lost In France' - said she was 'honoured' to be representing the UK in the singing contest, which take place on the 18 May.

“I am truly honoured and delighted to be able to represent my country at Eurovision,and especially with such a fabulous song, " she said. "I promise to give this everything that I've got for the UK.”

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Born in Skewen, Neath, South Wales, Bonnie is best known for her huge 80s power ballad (and karaoke favourite) 'Total Eclipse Of the Heart', a collaboration with with epic rock pioneer (and Meatloaf's mate) Jim Steinman.

Bonnie - who is due to release her new album ‘Rocks and Honey’ in May - follows in the footsteps of 76-year-old Engelbert Humperdinck who represented the UK at Eurovision last year but managed only 12 points for his ballad 'Love Will Set You Free'.

The UK last won in 1997 when Katrina And The Waves stormed to victory with 'Love Shine A Light'.

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  • 'A Message to Your Heart' - Samantha Janus

    <strong>Year:</strong> 1991 <strong>Final placing:</strong> 10th <strong>Total points</strong>: 47 <strong>Eventual winner:</strong> Sweden's Carola with <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmoFYmmnP-g" target="_hplink">Fångad av en stormvind</a></em> <strong>Choice lyric:</strong> "And every day is a compromise/For a grain of corn"

  • 'Teenage Life' - Daz Sampson

    <strong>Year:</strong> 1991 <strong>Final placing:</strong> 19th <strong>Total points:</strong> 29 <strong>Eventual winner:</strong> Finland's Lordi with <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5ZfQMOHB5k" target="_hplink">Hard Rock Hallelujah </a></em> <strong>Choice lyric:</strong> "Man they couldn't save me"

  • 'Flying The Flag (For You)' - Scooch

    <strong>Year:</strong> 2007 <strong>Final placing:</strong> 22nd <strong>Total points:</strong> 19 <strong>Eventual winner:</strong> Serbia's Marija Šerifović with <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWo1XXflfPU" target="_hplink">Molitva</a></em>. <strong>Choice lyric:</strong> "Ba-ba-da, Ba-ba-da, Ba-da-da-ba, ba-da"

  • 'Cry Baby' - Jemini

    <strong>Year:</strong> 2003 <strong>Final placing:</strong> 26th <strong>Total points:</strong> 0 <strong>Eventual winner:</strong> Turkey's Sertab Erener with <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3i4S4E7h3I" target="_hplink">Everyway That I Can</a></em>. <strong>Choice lyric:</strong> "Baby, bye, baby, bye bye"

  • 'Mary Ann' - Black Lace

    <strong>Year:</strong> 1979 <strong>Final placing:</strong> 7th <strong>Total points:</strong> 73 <strong>Eventual winner:</strong> Israel's Gali Atari and Milk and Honey with <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMCcKmDF5mE" target="_hplink">Hallelujah</a></em>. <strong>Choice lyric:</strong> "That's truth, and that's no lie"

  • 'Hold On To Our Love' - James Fox

    <strong>Year:</strong> 2004 <strong>Final placing:</strong> 16th <strong>Total points:</strong> 29 <strong>Eventual winner:</strong> Ukraine's Ruslana with <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpRq47hP_f0" target="_hplink">Wild Dances</a></em>. <strong>Choice lyric:</strong> "The pain's in your eyes"

  • 'A Man Without Love' - Kenneth McKellar

    <strong>Year:</strong> 1966 <strong>Final placing:</strong> 9th <strong>Total points:</strong> 8 <strong>Eventual winner:</strong> Austria's Udo Jürgens with <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UdRqLfBCSo" target="_hplink">Merci, Chérie</a></em>. <strong>Choice lyric:</strong> "A lonely cloud who'd never found his destiny"

  • 'One Step Further' - Bardo

    <strong>Year:</strong> 1982 <strong>Final placing:</strong> 7th <strong>Total points:</strong> 76 <strong>Eventual winner:</strong> Germany's Nicole with <em><a href="http://youtu.be/o67vWrkWUAQ" target="_hplink">Ein Bißchen Frieden</a></em>. <strong>Choice lyric:</strong> "You could have turned around and hit me, and I wouldn't have cared"

  • 'Don't Play That Song Again' - Nicki French

    <strong>Year:</strong> 2000 <strong>Final placing:</strong> 16th <strong>Total points:</strong> 28 <strong>Eventual winner:</strong> Denmark's Olsen Brothers with <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy6ngThxWC4&feature=fvst" target="_hplink">Fly On The Wings Of Love</a></em>. <strong>Choice lyric:</strong> "Oh DJ, please don't play"

  • 'That Sounds Good To Me' - Josh Dubovie

    <strong>Year:</strong> 2010 <strong>Final placing:</strong> 25th <strong>Total points:</strong> 10 <strong>Eventual winner:</strong> Germany's Lena with <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QSgNM9yNjo" target="_hplink">Satellite</a></em>. <strong>Choice lyric:</strong> "How do I begin to imagine all the happy faces I'd like to see?"

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