Eurovision: Swansea party to cheer on Bonnie Tyler
- 18 May 2013
- From the section Wales
Revellers at a Swansea public party will be among millions watching local heroine Bonnie Tyler sing for Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The 61-year-old vocalist from Mumbles hopes to defy the odds and win for the UK for the first time in 16 years.
She will perform Believe in Me in a show broadcast from Malmo, Sweden to an estimated TV audience of 120 million.
It is hoped hundreds of people will gather to watch her on the big screen in Castle Square on Saturday night.
Neath-born Tyler, who is most famous for her 80s hits Total Eclipse of the Heart and Holding Out for a Hero, is an outsider, according to the bookmakers, with Denmark favourite to win.
But she has still managed to make a big impression in Malmo in preparation for the show.
At a concert featuring five of the leading countries involved in backing Eurovision, the crowd was chanting her name as each of the acts came on stage.
And she has been asking her European fans to vote for her.
"A lot of my fans are from Europe. They swear they're going to vote for me. I just hope that they remember to stop partying and pick up the phone and vote for Bonnie Tyler," she said.
Meanwhile, back home in Swansea, Tyler and the rest of the Eurovision entries were celebrated with an open air party and live relay of the contest in Castle Square.