Abba say they would consider writing a Eurovision song for UK entry as they release new album ‘Voyage’
Abba have said they would consider writing the song for the UK’s Eurovision entry – if it was sung by the right act.
One act that could do it justice would be pop star Dua Lipa, according to Swedish supergroup star Benny Andersson.
It’s been 13 years since the UK has made the top 10 in the international singing competition, coming in last at the last two Eurovision song contests, with singer James Newman scoring zero points in Rotterdam in May.
But Abba know a thing or two about Eurovision success, having won the singing competition in 1974 with their hit song Waterloo.
As they today promote their first body of work in almost 40 years, Björn Ulvaeus, 76, and Andersson, 74, offered their advice on what the UK needed to do to improve its record at the international singing competition.
“Better songs”, was the advice from the pair, who also suggested singers should “take it seriously” as a contest.
Ulvaeus told BBC Breakfast: “We had to take it seriously. I mean, I think that’s a difference in attitude because for us it was the only way out.
“I don’t think you have. I think the attitude has been to laugh at the Eurovision.”
The team behind British pop sensation Dua Lipa have been brought on board to find the act and the song that will represent the UK at next year’s show.
Management company TaP Music also represents Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding, and its involvement in Eurovision was “promising”, Andersson said – adding that he’d want to write for Dua herself.
“Picking an act is one thing, writing a song is different. You need both a great song and the good act,” he said but Ulvaeus added that the act must be “really good”.
“Dua Lipa?” Andersson suggested.
Ben Mawson of TaP Music said when the collaboration was announced last month: “We’re really excited to be teaming up with the BBC for this event and will use Eurovision to authentically reflect and celebrate the rich, diverse and world-class musical talent the UK is globally renowned for.”
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