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Ignore the naysayers, Eurovision is a European singing competition, and Bonnie Tyler is big in Europe. Big enough not to come last

Englebert Humperdinck was a runaway success at last year's Eurovision Song Contest. Admittedly he came 25th in a field of 26 and you wouldn't be able to remember how his song went if someone put a gun to your dog's head, but it was still a success in the sense that he didn't actually come last. We're the UK, after all. These days, this is pretty much the best we can hope for.

Finding an older, well-loved singer with a free schedule and handing them an anonymous mid-tempo ballad works for us. So it's no surprise when Bonnie Tyler was drafted in on Humperdinck duties today. Come May, the hopes of a nation will rest solely on Tyler standing on a stage in Malmo singing what sounds distressingly like Natalie Imbruglia's eighth-favourite B-side. »

- Stuart Heritage

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