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Bonnie Tyler is representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest

Bonnie Tyler is representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest

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Bonnie Tyler is representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest

Welsh star Bonnie Tyler flew the flag for the UK with a belting rendition of Believe in Me at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer - whose 1980s hits include Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Holding Out For A Hero - was the 15th out of 26 acts to perform at the annual pan-European kitsch-fest, which this year was being held in Malmo, Sweden.

The performance was pared-down compared to many in the competition, with Tyler, accompanied by backing-vocalists but no dancers, singing the country tune in an off-the-shoulder black number with silver detail.

The only nod to the camp which often characterises the contest was Tyler being lifted up on a platform in the middle of the 11,000-crowd for the end of the song.

The performance was watched by an estimated international audience of 120 million.

But despite topping charts around the world in her heyday, bookies gave the 61-year-old odds of 50/1 to win the contest, while the star herself played down her chances of victory in interviews earlier this week.

Veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck, who represented the UK last year, finished in second to last place with just 12 points for his ballad Love Will Set You Free.

The current favourite to win is Denmark's entry Only Teardrops by Emmelie de Forest, with odds of 4/6. Bookies say it could lead to the biggest payout in Eurovision history if she wins.

Graham Norton, presenting the contest for the BBC1, said of the UK performance: "She's doing a really tough job. She's worked so hard all week.

"Everyone should be really proud of themselves."