Swedish superstars ABBA have said they are willing to write a Eurovision song for the United Kingdom.
Songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus told the BBC they would be tempted to write the British song contest entry, should the right singer agree to perform it.
The pair suggested Dua Lipa as a potential candidate to represent the UK.
ABBA are willing to write the UK’s Eurovision 2022 song
Benny and Björn were interviewed on BBC Breakfast while promoting ABBA’s new album Voyage, the group’s first release in 40 years.
They took BBC correspondent Connor Paterson on a walk through Stockholm, exploring the city where they recorded most of their music.
The Brighton 1974 champions revealed they never originally intended to record an album, rather just two tracks for their upcoming virtual reunion shows. But as their work continued, they recorded more and more songs, eventually turning into Voyage.
Talk inevitably turned to Eurovision, with Paterson asking: “If you were asked nicely, would you ever consider writing the UK entry?”
Björn was sceptical at first, but Benny seemed intrigued by the idea. He said: “What’s the risk? You can’t be worse than last.”
Björn responded: “No, but it needs to be a really good act.”
His counterpart chuckled and suggested “New Rules” hitmaker Dua Lipa could be the answer to ending the UK’s 30 years of song contest misery.
Benny and Björn concluded the interview by reiterating it is unlikely another ABBA album is on the cards after Voyage. Björn said: “I never say never […] but I think that was our goodbye.”
Perhaps if the BBC find the right artist, more ABBA-penned music could be in the pipeline.
Who will represent the UK at Eurovision 2022?
In October, the BBC announced a collaboration with TaP music to help find the UK’s next Eurovision entry.
TaP music’s roster includes international superstars such as Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Rey. Little is known about the selection process, but a number of high-profile artists have declared their support for the move.
Sir Elton John said: “There aren’t many televised events that are as big and global as Eurovision, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to remind the world yet again of the depth and diversity of our talent. I can’t wait to see what gems our friends at TaP Music will unearth.”
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