ABBA have said they would consider writing a Eurovision song for the UK

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.”

What do you think? Would you like to see ABBA write a Eurovision song for the UK? Sound off in the comments below.

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HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
21 days ago

I’m thinking our singer and song will be chosen internally, but would anyone else like a national final, made from TAP artists? Take five artists from their roster who are hungry for the opportunity, hold it in a proper music venue like the Apollo, no judges or silly montages and treat it more like a music contest than an entertainment show.

Erik
Erik
21 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

And Graham Norton is a funny guy. But maybe he should not have too much with the contest to do…. Because his love for the contest is all the craziness.

Ang
Ang
21 days ago

Personally I’d love Yungblud to write & perform next year’s ESC entry, but it’s not going to happen. He’s a charismatic, lively perform who who is passionate about his music. He can do bangers, pop punk & ballads & has a great voice live. He’s a recently-established artist but has been tipped for a great career by some the greats. He’s also used to performing & is very comfortable on a large stage. No matter how big the venue, your eyes are always centred on him, he’s like a firework, full of energy & fire. He has a huge, very… Read more »

Maya G
Maya G
21 days ago

Bad idea. ABBA are legends, but so are Engelbert Humperdinck, Bonnie Tyler and Stock-Aitken-Waterman, and they all finished at the bottom. There is the exception of Andrew Lloyd Webber, but it is an exception.
The collaboration with TaP seems to me like good Idea because it has the potential of coming up with something contemporary and relevant. Looking for saviors from the distant past, but rather take on a bald new direction.

Jofty
Jofty
21 days ago
Reply to  Maya G

Agree. Waterman recycled some old Astley or Donovan B-side, it was a disgrace. And God knows how much he was paid. Very unfair on Dubovie. I will be very surprised indeed if Chelcee Grimes does not represent UK.

Whisker
Whisker
22 days ago

This is an attempt to insinuate into the UK people’s mind a future SWEDISH contribution to UK’s entries. UK, take that route. Top 5 finish for sure! #thewinnertakesitall

Jofty
Jofty
22 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Well that worked well in 2019

Whisker
Whisker
22 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

2019 doesn’t count. This is about at least five songwriters and lyricists, dancers, SJB choreo and staging. #swedisheurovisionsmörgåsbord #maketheproducershappy #luckyrunningorder #ohnoitstheuk

hhhhurricane
hhhhurricane
21 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

did millenials not get the memo that hashtags aren’t a thing anymore ? pls the second hand embarrassment

voix
voix
22 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

hold your apetite bjorn, UK is not cyprus or bulgaria, when they decide to take the contest seriously they will be every year in top 3

Branko86
Branko86
22 days ago

Didn’t they already write a song for H & Claire from UK band Steps???

Whisker
Whisker
22 days ago
Reply to  Branko86

Are you suggesting what I think you’re suggesting?

Mark
Mark
22 days ago
Reply to  Branko86

No they didn’t. That song already existed and was originally recorded by another Swedish duo, Gemini.

Whisker
Whisker
22 days ago

“You can’t be worse than last”? They had their glory and fame and tones of money. Why ruin somebody else’s chances to a nice career? Tho, that attitude is so “UK in ESC” that in theory they make an excellent match!

Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

They were just asked a question, and gave it five seconds thought to be polite. It will never happen.

Whisker
Whisker
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Don’t mind me, I find the whole thing absolutely hilarious!

Jofty
Jofty
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Probably not. Unsure I could cope with Listen To Your Heartbeat or Take Me To Your Heaven # 2

Roo
Roo
21 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

And we will over analyse their polite answer to a dumb question for hours on end!

Denis
Denis
22 days ago

UK already tried the old legends approach, didn’t work out. Doubt ABBA would do better! They might be legends but their music is very much stuck in the 1970’s disco-schlager era. That is not how music sounds today. I do agree that they need a contemporary singer with current sounds, presumably also one who writes the song..

Last edited 22 days ago by Denis
Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago

Agnetha is also a good songwriter, I wish she would do it more.

musica
musica
22 days ago

This article omits the main reason the UK fails at Eurovision, according to Benny: you need better songs. I think that’s more relevant than the quip they made about wanting to write one for Dua Lipa.

Shuma
Shuma
22 days ago

Abba write a song for UK, UK finishes, oh I dunno 2nd to last.
Eurofans rejoice, counter any criticism with “not as good as waterloo, bad stage presentation”

EurovisionBenny_AUT
EurovisionBenny_AUT
22 days ago

I believe this is really surprising and nice of ABBA to provide a helping hand for the BBC in case they need it for Eurovision next year. However, I don’t believe relying on music tyrans from anywhere in the world is the key to success, especially not in the long run. The BBC should in my opinion re-establish their broken Eurovision brand (it being a joke and Europe hating the UK), and the best way to do that probably is by engaging upcoming British artists and songwriters. It would also make Eurovision more approachable to mainstream artists. It could let… Read more »

Alex
Alex
22 days ago

No, it\s not a good idea. Of course it would be iconic but their music is very old school/70s, which is awesome if you’re 60+ and in nostalgia mode but it does not work for Eurovision, otherwise Bonnie Tyler and others stars would have done well. I love their 2 new singles but UK needs to send a contemporary song and fresh TALENTED and charismatic singer. They were right about Dua Lipa, just find a pop songwriter to write a pop banger that sticks to your head with an artist who is charismatic (see Damiano this year). It’s not nuclear… Read more »

Bella
Bella
22 days ago

Love how they offer to help, but then roast them lol… “What’s the risk, you can’t do worse”.

Joe
Joe
22 days ago

I’m down! They still know how to write a jam.

Una
Una
22 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Imagine they write the song, the UK wins and they have to host the contest in Brighton again. Then the BBC will sleep again for another 10 years or so with an ocassional yearly blink.

Una
Una
22 days ago

Yes, please! Ohmygod are they for real? If so, fab idea indeed! They’ve reached a lot of success and have nothing to lose. If this is a trial baloon, then please steady, ready, go!! ABBA in Eurovision again!! UK who?? What?? Where?? Whooooooo??

Denis
Denis
22 days ago
Reply to  Una

You seem to share the BBC approach that relying on old legends is what works for ESC, that people somehow would vote for 70’s stars:)
Nostalgia never works in Eurovision

Una
Una
22 days ago
Reply to  Denis

I don’t know what the BBC have in mind. I *presume* they’re probably testing the waters. They must have spoken to Björn and Benn from beforehand. I will not believe the whole spiel was spontaneous: they possibly agreed on the topics and questions before taping the thing and letting it all out and wiwi covering it. LOL!! I get that “nostalgia never works in Eurovision” however, ABBA are true *iconic legends* of Eurovision that ultimately made an impact in the music industry on a world scale. And again, it cannot get worse than last place or 2021’s zero points on… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago
Reply to  Una

I remember everyone loving the song they did with Aviici for the 2013 contest, they’re not always stuck in the 1970s.

Una
Una
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

A song for the UK as a competitor (participating broadcaster: the BBC) is a different story. I would also think that once that Björn and Benny are involved, everyone else will be at the best behaviour at all times and make Britain proud.

Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago
Reply to  Una

It would still be sad that the UK had to get Swedish songwriters, even if they are from ABBA.

Una
Una
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

They’ve done it in the past 🙁 Homegrown talent did not work either 🙁 Suddenly ABBA in the UK sounds good.

Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago
Reply to  Denis

Hm, this year’s winners were very 1970s in a lot of ways…

Denis
Denis
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Yes, but it doesn’t sound stuck in the1970’s. It obvious they are trying to recreate that sound while giving it a modern spin. ABBA however is 1970’s..