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Abba may just be the secret tool the UK needs to achieve Eurovision glory.
Revealing they wouldn’t rule out writing the UK’s entry for the annual Eurovision Song Contest – Bjorn Ulvaeus, 76, and Benny Andersson, 74, appeared to have one caveat.
They’d want Dua Lipa to sing it.
The Swedish pop icons shot to fame after winning the competition in 1974 with mega-hit Waterloo, which was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the contest in 2005. No biggie.
And band members Bjorn and Benny have said it’s ‘promising’ that Physical hitmaker Dua’s management, TaP Music, is to scout a pop star to compete at next year’s show, which will be held at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy after Rome’s Maneskin won the 2021 competition with earworm banger Zitti E Buoni.
What’s more, they’ve even said they’d like to see the 26-year-old star herself sing the country’s entry and insisted they would be up for penning the track for the right act.
Appearing on BBC Breakfast amid the release of Voyage, their first new album in 40 years, alongside Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, the pair were asked what they thought of the UK’s new tactic to which Benny replied: ‘Good’ with Bjorn adding: ‘Promising.’
Benny continued: ‘Picking an act is one thing, writing a song is different. So you need both a great song and a good act.’
And when asked if they would consider writing the UK entry, he said: ‘Oh, a UK entry? I don’t know.’
Benny then turned to his bandmate, who outright said: ‘No.’
However, the former insisted: ‘But what’s the risk? You can’t be worse than last.’
Bjorn went on: ‘No, but it needs to be a really good act to write for, yeah,’ before Benny then suggested: “Dua Lipa,’ to which, his bandmate agreed.
The 2022 entry song is set to be released on a major record label to further boost the nation’s chances of victory.
Dua said: ‘I’m a proud Brit whilst also being a proud Kosovan … I’m happy to lend my manager to the cause… I’ll be cheering them on.’
The UK once again suffered a major blow after James Newman – the brother of Love Me Again hitmaker John Newman – scored nil points in May with his performance of Embers in Rotterdam.
It comes amid the release of Abba’s Voyage which will contain the previously released singles, I Still Have Faith In You, Don’t Shut Me Down and Just A Notion.
The album is accompanied by an innovative concert residency of the same name in London, which will feature motion capture digital avatars of Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid performing alongside a 10-piece live band.
Voyage is out today.
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