For 42 years it seemed like ABBA’s original performance of “Waterloo” couldn’t be beaten. But on New Year’s Eve a quartet of Russian Eurovision stars came very close.
To help see in the New Year, Sergey Lazarev (2016), Polina Gagarina (2015), Dima Bilan (2006 and 2008) and Serebro singer Elena Temnikova (2007) gave a Russian Eurovision all-star performance of ABBA’s 1974 winning song. And it was incredible.
The song opened with Eurovision 2008 winner Dima and 2015 runner-up Polina. He was looking slick in a dark suit with a cheerful green tie. Polina was looking glam in a red sequinned swing dress, matching red lipstick, and thigh-high boots.
The second verse was handled by the 2016 televote winner Sergey and 2007 runner-up Elena. Sergey showed off more of his effortless style that we came to know and love in Stockholm, looking dapper in a suit. Elena brought even more glam with an elegant white beaded gown.
The quartet delivered a fun and faithful version of ABBA’s song, which emphasised just what a timeless track “Waterloo” is.
The performance also proved why Russia is one of Eurovision’s power players. The four artists all placed within the top three of Eurovision in the past decade and included one winner. Only Sweden and Ukraine would be able to deliver similarly successful line-ups (and we’d love to see that!).
Meanwhile, Sergey Lazarev has also been spotted hard at work in a recording studio. The singer shared a pic with his Instagram followers, saying “Nighttime — the only time there is to write”.
Fans noticed that Greek maestro and “You Are the Only One” co-writer Dimitris Kontopoulos left an intriguing message on the post, commenting with “Hmm” and a thoughtful looking emoji.
Could the two be working together on a new song?
What do you think of the Russian all-star performance of “Waterloo”? Is it better than ABBA’s original? Share your thoughts below!