Forget about Bonnie Tyler’s comeback for Eurovision: Wakefield has a more important reason to follow this year’s song contest.
Former New Crofton man Martin King has written the lyrics for Belarus’s entry.
The former Crofton High School pupil and Wakefield College student wrote the words for the dance hit Solayoh, which will be performed by Alyona Lanskaya.
Mr King, 53, who now lives in Belgium, said: “Admittedly I have some difficulty taking the Eurovision Song Contest seriously but I think that Belarus has a good chance with my song Solayoh.
“Their ratings went from 38th position to sixth recently but these odds are still fluctuating.
“Solayoh is the only serious ‘dance’ production of this competition and it’s got a good chance of winning, but being a Yorkshire man I’m not stripping the wallpaper just yet.”
Mr King will be in Malmo, Sweden, on May 14 to see his song performed live during the competition’s semi finals.
Belarus will then need to qualify through to the final, which will be held in the same city on May 18.
Mr King previously worked as a doorman, waiter and parking attendant at Wakefield Theatre before moving to Belgium, where he lives with his wife and children.
He writes music for EMI record label, is an author, has lectured in European History at the University of Antwerp and been a senior historical consultant for the History Channel.
The father-of-two said he hopes to return to Yorkshire.
He said: “I’m very proud to be from Wakefield and would like the people there to be proud of my achievements.”
To watch the video of Belarus’s Alyona Lanskaya performing Solayoh visit www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk