Ten things you should know about Bonnie Tyler

Thursday 21 March 2013, 13:51

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Find out ten essential facts about our Eurovision star and rock/pop powerhouse Bonnnie Tyler...

- Born Gaynor Hopkins, Bonnie's distinctive dulcet tones are down to straining her voice after surgery on her vocal cords

- Bonnie was the first Welsh Singer to top the Billboard Chart in the US with 'Total Eclipse of The Heart' in 1983

- The same year, she achieved a Guinness World Record for her 'Faster Than the Speed of Light' album. The first time a UK female artist had achieved a number one album on release

- Fellow singing superstar, Cher asked Bonnie to lend her husky tones to backing vocals on two of her albums

- Artists that have covered Bonnie Tyler songs include; Kiss, Tina Turner, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher

- 'The Best' a song made famous by Tina Turner, was originally recorded by Bonnie on her 1987 Album 'Hide Your Heart'

- Even boyband of the moment, One Direction have covered Bonnie, a version of 'Total Eclipse' on the X Factor Halloween special

- In 2011 and 2012 Bonnie herself appeared on both the Romanian and Ukrainian X Factors

- Bonnie has a big following in Europe, especially in Germany, appearing on the Nation's televised New Year’s Eve celebrations earlier this year

- Bonnie's French language version of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart' "Si demain... (Turn Around)', sold 2 million copies in Europe topping the charts in Poland, Belgium and spending 10 weeks at the top of the chart in France in 2003

Delve further into the world of Bonnie as Scott Mills introduces our Eurovision hero...


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