Bonnie Tyler has apologized to fans after lip-smacking Total Eclipse Of The Heart on Wednesday’s episode of This Morning.
The singer, 71, appeared on the show to discuss her new memoir and her hit’s 40th anniversary, telling hosts Craig Doyle and Josie Gibson: ‘I never get bored of singing it.’
But moments later, she ended the show by joining in on the song, with fans comparing her to a doll and saying it looked like a foreign language dub.
A source told MailOnline that Bonnie was left “distraught” after falling ill that left her unable to sing.
Bonnie’s rep then confirmed that the singer was unwell and that her only option was to lip sync, even though she has a “hate” of mimicking.
Oops: Bonnie Tyler has apologized to fans after lip-syncing Total Eclipse Of The Heart on Wednesday’s episode of This Morning
A statement read: ‘Bonnie is incredibly disappointed to have had to lip sync on ITV’s This Morning. However, she woke up with a terrible sore throat, which was evident in her speaking voice during the interview, and during rehearsals it was clear that she could not sing.
So instead of abandoning the TV and her fans at the last minute, she decided to mime instead. In fact, I just spoke to her on the phone and it’s gotten much worse, she can barely speak now.
“Everyone should be sure that Bonnie’s voice is still very strong when she doesn’t have a cold, as anyone who comes to one of her live shows this year can hear for themselves.
“She’s very sorry if anyone felt let down for having to mime, she actually hates miming and usually never does, and she looks forward to her voice returning to its normal strength soon.” ‘
Bonnie was trending on Twitter on Wednesday as shocked viewers rushed to share their thoughts, joking, “Leave Bonnie Tyler alone, she’s been singing that song for 40 years straight and she couldn’t sing it today #ThisMorning [sic]’;
Ever wondered what it would look like to see a character from Thunderbirds sing? Well, thanks to #thismorning, we got to see Bonnie Tyler’s fantastic total eclipse of the heart recreated by Gerry Anderson’s team of puppeteers.”
Others added, “At least put some effort into mimicking ffs”; it’s like watching a foreign ad dubbed into English’; What was the point of having her on, I might as well have played the video! #this morning’; What were you watching ???#mimingfail’;
“I was hoping to hear her voice now. That’s too bad’; ‘Miming failed #this morning #bonnietyler’; Come on Bonnie honey, we Welsh should be able to hold a tune, not MIME’; Wow what a disappointment with lip sync Bonnie Tyler #ThisMorning
‘If you are going to mime, at least practice beforehand!!’; Bad impersonation also on #ThisMorning’; @BonnieTOfficial. You have enough years to practice miming. You would hope it would be a little better. It was like singing a completely different song #ThisMorning #Bonnie #eclipse
“Bonnie Tyler…This morning…No No No!!! Shouldn’t have disturbed…’; One of the best voices and she mimics. That’s so disappointing. #This morning.’
Bored today? The singer, 71, appeared on the show to discuss her new memoir and her hit’s 40th anniversary, saying: ‘I never get bored of singing it’
Not impressed: When she closed the show with a performance of the song, she was called out for “lip syncing,” with fans comparing her to a puppet
Earlier in her appearance, Bonnie spoke of receiving an MBE from Prince William for services to music.
She confessed, “I was nervous about meeting William, even though I had met him a year before. But I went in and he said to me ‘oh how nice to see you again, I saw you in Cardiff’, and I thought ‘like I’m going to forget’, so I said yes, and I saw your children.’
Bonnie, recognized for a career spanning five decades, said at the time: ‘I’m just a girl from a small town in Wales who loves to sing.
“So to be recognized in this way for that is very important to me and my family and friends.”
Bonnie is no stranger to a TV blunder and in 2021 she stunned fans when she forgot the name of her album during an interview on Loose Women.
The Welsh singer struggled to remember the titles of her recent music releases as she flipped between various topics, including the state of her hair and her brief meeting with the Pope.
Presenter Ruth Langsford told the star: “We’ll talk to you about the album that’s out now, but are you always looking for that huge ballad?”
Bonnie replied, “Oh, I have a great songwriter at the moment called Steve Womack.
“I actually have some great songwriters, including Desmond Child, and they’ve written some great songs for me on my new album that’s called, uh…” Bonnie paused as she rummaged in her head for the name of her new album.
“The Best Is Yet To Come,” she said as the Loose Women panelists shouted the name in unison before bursting into laughter.
Giving it all: Bonnie gave a passionate performance, but fans weren’t convinced she was singing live as they accused her of bad mimicry