ABBA keen to write UK’s Eurovision entry and end years of hurt
The Swedish group – which comprises of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – said they would be happy to write a song for the UK to use in 2022 if it was for the right artist.
It comes as the group released their first album, Voyage, after almost 40 years. The group have said it will be their last.
ABBA won Eurovision in 1974 with Waterloo. They entered the competition twice.
Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Friday, Ulvaeus and Andersson said they would step in to help – if the right act was picked for the job.
They said: “What is the risk? You can’t be worst than last. But it needs to be a really good act [who performs] – like Dua Lipa.”
It comes as the BBC confirmed that Dua Lipa’s music management company will help pick the UK’s next Eurovision entry.
TaP music will select the UK’s entry for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. The company – which also represents Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld and Lana Del Rey – will work with the BBC, which broadcasts the annual event.
No UK entrant has made the top 10 since Jade Ewen in 2009.
The broadcaster will work with the company to make the selection.
The 66th edition of the contest is due to be held in Turin, Italy, in May 2022. This year, the country’s entry – Maneskin – won top place.
TaP has called on the UK music industry to put forward “experienced live performers” for consideration. The single wil be released commercially after the competition.
The Eurovision song used to be picked by the public. But, in 2019, the BBC scrapped it – instead opting to give a record label the final say.