Britain’s Representative To The Eurovision Song Contest Is… Bonnie Tyler!

Bonnie TylerPop singer Bonnie Tyler, best known for 1983’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” is stepping forward to represent the United Kingdom at the the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden, this May.

Tyler will perform the song “Believe in Me”—written by “Livin’ La Vida Loca” songwriter Desmond Child—at a competition viewed by an estimated  120 million viewers. (Tyler’s video for “Believe in Me” is below.)

“I am truly honored and delighted to be able to represent my country at Eurovision, and especially with such a fabulous song,” said the 61-year-old Welsh singer, also known for “Holding Out for a Hero” off the Footloose soundtrack. “I promise to give this everything that I’ve got for the UK!”

Can anyone explain what exactly the Eurovision Song Contest is (besides where ABBA got its start)?

No offense to Ms. Tyler, whom we adore, but these aren’t supposed to be the best act from each country, right?

Because that honor clearly goes to Samantha Fox.