Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA fame has revealed she is no longer a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Anni-Frid, 75, who was launched into international fame after winning the Brighton 1974 contest alongside Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Fältskog with “Waterloo”, said the modern song contest is “not what it was”.
The Princess of Reuss admitted she no longer follows the contest and has no interest in it.
Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA is not a fan of Eurovision
Speaking to Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show on Thursday 11 November, Anni-Frid said: “I’m not so interested because it has changed so much over the years and it’s not what it was at that time.
“Now it’s more like a show, it’s very technical and there are some good songs coming out of it, but I cannot say I’m a fan of Eurovision, maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I did it anyway.”
ABBA won the contest in 1974 and have since become one of the most successful Eurovision acts of all time, scoring nine UK number ones over the course of their career.
The group went their separate ways in 1982. Shortly after, Anni-Frid launched a solo career and two new albums under the name Frida. Ultimately, she did not achieve the same chart success she found with her bandmates.
The quartet are back on the scene with their 2021 album Voyage — a long-awaited moment for many Eurovision fans.
She added: “As Benny said in an earlier interview, we don’t have to prove anything so we have just done it for the fun of it and that’s a good feeling actually.”
Princess Anni-Frid said the fan reception has been good and it is ‘wonderful’ that people enjoy the group’s new album, and when quizzed about the possibility of more ABBA tracks in the future, Anni-Frid insisted: “I have learnt to say ‘never say never’.”
Although Anni-Frid’s comments suggest she has no interest in heading back to the song contest stage any time soon, her bandmates could still be swayed.
In an interview with the BBC, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus suggested they were “open” to the idea of writing a Eurovision song for the United Kingdom.
ABBA’s two Bs said a good act is the key to success at Eurovision. Benny said he saw no risk in the group participating once again, adding: “You can’t be worse than last.”
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