We all thought it was Girls Aloud, Bonnie Langford or Angie Brown. Some even thought Ryan Clark, JLS or One Direction. But brace yourselves people: Bonnie Tyler is the U.K.’s Eurovision contestant.

Similar to her predecessor Engelbert Humperdinck, Bonnie notched up a number of chart-toppers all around Europe back in the 70’s and 80’s. She’s over 60 years of age, and she hasn’t had a hit in the last 10 years. Is this a good choice?

The BBC seem to think that big hair, gold sequins, shoulder pads and power ballads are experiencing a resurgence. Tyler will sing a power ballad recorded in Nashville titled ‘Believe In Me’. She’s actually been performing it on her recent tour. Here it is:

“It is an honour to represent my country and is also a wonderful way to ensure that my song Believe in Me reaches the widest possible audience,” she said as part of the announcement. “It is a very strong, catchy and melodic song that appeals to a wide range of people. Desmond Child partially wrote this song at the dinner table at his house in Nashville whilst we were all eating together.”

Is “Believe in Me” a statement or a command? And do you believe in Bonnie? Listen to some of her greatest hits below and then let us know what you think!

Bonnie’s Greatest Hits

“Holding Out For a Hero”

“It’s a Heartache”

“Total Eclipse of the Heart”

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Nathan
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Nathan

Oh my GAWD!

This is a Gawd awful song!

Scott Ramsay
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Scott Ramsay

Why would we wanna send manufactured crap? They may be big now…but Eurovision would eat them alive.

Christ Almighty, I remember a time the British public were moaning about all the unknown talentless people we were sending to Eurovision. We have a home grown welsh talent. Let’s support Bonnie and wish her well.

?ark? Çevirileri
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They should choose One Direction or Girls Aloud, they are much popular. That’s very important in ESC.

Peter M
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‘Hiraeth’ is a Welsh word that doesn’t easily translate, it can best be interpretated as a ‘longing’, a deep desire for something that is lost and interestingly, Bonnie Tyler, the UK’s entry for Eurovision 2013, is Welsh! Do you get the irony!

That’s all I’m going to say about the British entry, I’m still in a state of shock!

Scott Ramsay
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Scott Ramsay

To all you disbelievers, grow up!

Bonnie has serious pedigree, a great songwriter on this song in the form of Desmond Child.
This song is totally different from Engelbert’s last year. He had a gentle ballad that got lost in the moment and Bonnie has a power ballad.

Time will tell my friends.

David Thielen
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This is a joke right? I assumed that the UK would make a dumb decision. But they should at least make a different dumb decision. Not repeat last year’s mistake of using an artist 30 years past their prime. (At least Blue was only 10 years past their prime…)

Melissa J
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Let’s all send our condolences to the UK