Things you never knew about Celine Dion

By now, you've heard the song "My Heart Will Go On" about a zillion times. But how well do you really know the artist behind the hit, Celine Dion? We've pulled together eight surprising facts about the lovable Canadian singer whose voice could put just about anyone else's to shame. Read on to learn more.

She didn't want to sing "My Heart Will Go On"

Although it went on to become one of the world's most popular songs, Celine Dion admitted to UK talkshow host Jonathan Ross in 2013 that she initially didn't want to sing "My Heart Will Go On." "I didn't really like the song at first," she said of the song, which was recorded for the Oscar-winning epic, Titanic, in 1997. "I wasn't sure. I did another song for a movie before, [which] was very successful. I thought we were pushing our luck." To quote Celine in that very same interview: "Thank God they didn't listen to me!"

...But she recorded it in one take

Despite her reservations, Celine Dion was ultimately convinced by her husband, Rene Angelil, to record a demo version of "My Heart Will Go On." In a sign of her true vocal prowess, that demo wound up becoming the actual multi-million-dollar song that you hear today. "I never sang the song again," Celine told Ross. "Except the three million times after that, live."

Her movie hits weren't always a guaranteed success

Despite recording songs for some of the biggest movie hits ever, Dion's path to success was initially paved with setbacks. According to reports, Dion was actually fired from recording the song "Dreams to Dream" off the soundtrack to the animated feature, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. The song was ultimately recorded by Linda Ronstadt, said to be the first choice to begin with. Reports also claim that Peabo Bryson was brought in to record "Beauty and the Beast" as a duet with Dion simply because Dion wasn't famous enough at the time.

She competed in Eurovision

In 1988, Dion represented Switzerland in Europe's annual Eurovision Song Contest. Dion ultimately won the contest for the Swiss thanks to the midtempo French song, "Ne partez pas sans moi," which put her on the path to becoming one of the world's biggest recording artists. "It was a very strange adventure for me …" she told Jonathan Ross. "I received a call. I was in Montreal, where I lived, and they wanted me to go to Ireland to … represent Switzerland as a French-Canadian Quebecoise … I didn't get it. I'm like, what about people in Switzerland? What are they gonna think? 'Where's she coming from?! We don't even know her!'" She also quipped that she "felt like a horse" because people could bet on Eurovision countries.

She loves to golf

Dion has been an avid golf-lover for decades. In fact, she loves the sport so much, she and her husband invested millions of dollars in 2008 in renovating Le Mirage, a golf club located in Terrebonne, Quebec. The couple even has a statement on the club's website, which begins (according to our rough translation of French), "A visit to the Mirage is an adventure in itself."

She's performed at the Oscars more times than any other artist

In 2011, Dion set a record for the most performances ever at the Academy Awards when she appeared for the sixth time on stage. For that particular appearance, she performed the song "Smile" during the telecast's annual "In Memoriam" segment. Previous appearances included performances of her Oscar-nominated songs "My Heart Will Go On," "The Prayer," and "Because You Loved Me."

She's younger than her step-son

Dion and Angelil received a lot of flack for their marriage, mostly because Angelil was 25 years Dion's senior. If that wasn't crazy enough, Dion is actually only a handful of months younger than her step-son, Patrick Angelil, whom Rene had from a previous marriage. This is the part where your jaw hits the floor.

"It's All Coming Back to Me Now" was almost a Meat Loaf song

Back in the '80s, rocker Meat Loaf reportedly wanted to get his hands on the power ballad "It's All Coming Back to Me Now." The song's writer, Jim Steinman, said no, because he thought the song was meant to be sung by a woman. This apparently created a feud between Meat Loaf and Steinman, to the point where Steinman had to go to court to stop Meatloaf from recording it altogether. Steinman ultimately got his way when the song fell into the hands of Dion in 1996. The song went on to become one of the biggest hits of Dion's career, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. For his part, Meat Loaf did get to record the song for himself in 2006 featuring singer Marion Raven. It sucked.