“TURN AROUND, BRIIIIIIIGHHHHHT EEEEEEYEEEEEEES”
“I’M HOLLLLLLLDING OUT FOR A HEEEEEEEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”.
Yes, Bonnie Tyler’s oeuvre has provided us with many a) Solid gold karaoke moments (you’re welcome, the universe) b) Reasons to play air piano/ guitar without feeling any of guilt (well, maybe just a bit…).
The news that she’s set to represent to UK in the 58th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo Sweden with Believe In Me next month fills us with hope that this could be the year the UK kill it and take home the trophy.
Sure, we’ve been here before. Who can forget Javine’s dangerous sounding Touch My Fire or Blue’s I Can? What, do you mean to tell me that those songs aren’t your default ringtones? But seriously... do not fear, Bonnie is a pro. Here are five things you need to know about the Welsh warbler.
1) She Out Meatloafed Meatloaf
Total Eclipse Of The Heart was a Number One in the UK and the US, penned by Meatloaf’s main songwriter Jim Steinman. It defined what a "powerballad" is. Fun fact: Steinman actually offered the track to Meatloaf first and he turned it down. Silly Meat.
2) She Held Out For A Hero
Her track for the Footloose soundtrack is a thing of Hen Night dreams. It was co-written by ...Eclipse scribe Steinman and the video featured Bonnie twirling around in a cowboy-induced panic. Very hashtag 80s.
3) She Turned An Op Into Her Trademark
She had vocal nodules in 1977 and was ordered not to speak (or sing) for 6 weeks. She returned with a different, huskier voice which proved to be her trademark. In 2009 B-Ty told The Guardian: “Losing my voice was not too treacherous for me. I had my first hit in America with my new husky voice on It’s A Heartache. Three other girls had recorded the song before me and it didn’t go anywhere in America, so maybe my husky voice was what that song and my career, needed.”
4) Hollyoaks Later
She turned up in this episode of the show in a, natch, dream sequence. The mind-boggling sequence rivals the infamous Neighbours/Bouncer’s Dream episode. All sorts of amazing, I think you’ll agree.
5) This Mastercard Ad