Holding Out for a Hero: Bonnie Tyler to represent UK at Eurovision Song Contest 2013

Bonnie Tyler performs on German television last month
Bonnie Tyler performs on German television last month Photo: Andreas Lander/DPA/Press Association Images

The BBC has confirmed that Bonnie Tyler will be the UK's entry to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Bonnie Tyler in 1991
Bonnie Tyler in 1991 Credit: All Action/EMPICS Entertainment

The singer, whose hits include Total Eclipse of the Heart, will perform a track called Believe In Me at the event in Malmo, Sweden.

ITV News Reporter Faye Barker on the return of the Welsh singer:

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

– Bonnie Tyler

The Holding Out for a Hero singer's career was almost over before it started when in 1976 she had surgery to remove nodules from her throat.

Welsh rock singer Bonnie Tyler performing on stage at a charity gig for Unicef at London's Astoria in 1996
Welsh rock singer Bonnie Tyler performing on stage at a charity gig for Unicef at London's Astoria in 1996 Credit: Sue Moore/EMPICS Entertainment

But the singer, who was born in South Wales, credits the operation with helping develop her trademark husky vocals and later that year scored her first hit when her second single, Lost In France, made the top 10.

Other hits included It's A Heartache and Holding Out For A Hero.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes has ranked Bonnie Tyler as an outsider to win this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

She is currently placed with odds of 40/1 to win overall, and with odds of 2/1 to finish in the top ten.

Tyler will be hoping she improves on last year's performance by Engelbert Humperdinck who scraped into last-but-one place in the contest.

Engelbert Humperdinck performs during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Engelbert Humperdinck performs during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Credit: Jarg Carstensen/DPA/Press Association Images

He opened the show in Baku, Azerbaijan, with ballad Love Will Set You Free, but seemed to have been forgotten by the time voting started, 25 songs later.The singer, nicknamed The Hump, scored a total of 12 - ending up just one position above Norway.