Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Costa: I have high hopes for Tyler

Singer Bonnie Tyler could do well at Eurovision, reckons Antony Costa

Antony Costa is keeping his fingers crossed for Bonnie Tyler's Eurovision bid.

The 31-year-old singer, who finished in 11th place in the contest with his Blue bandmates in 2011, said if the competition was based on vocals alone, Bonnie would walk away with the top prize.

"She is absolutely phenomenal. We did a New Year's Eve gig in Germany this year at Brandenburg Gate with her and the Pet Shop Boys, and Bonnie Tyler absolutely smashed it. She was fantastic," he said.

"I think she's going to do alright, and the song's good as well, so fingers crossed. I'm rooting for her and for the UK," he added.

Antony admitted the politics of the competition - which takes place in Malmo, Sweden on May 18 - could get in the way of the UK getting into the top five.

"Everyone knows the politics. We came fifth in the phone votes so if the phone votes had counted towards the actual points, then we would have come fifth," he recalled.

He admitted performing at the Eurovision Song Contest "opened doors" for the reformed Blue - Antony, Lee Ryan, Duncan James and Simon Webbe.

"We got asked by the BBC to represent our country. We couldn't turn it down. It really opened a lot of doors in Europe," he said.

"The minute we announced we were coming back to do Eurovision, Europe went, 'Welcome back Blue! It's great to have you guys back'. Obviously we didn't win it but we had a top five hit in Europe with that song I Can. It really benefited us and kick-started our process of making the album."

:: Blue's album Roulette is out now. They are performing at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on May 3, with further dates in October. For more information, visit www.officialblue.com.

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