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Just days after ABBA’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad revealed that she can no longer call herself a Eurovision fan, the reigning champs have come to the contest’s defence. Speaking at the MTV EMA 2021 awards in Hungary — where they joined the likes of Portugal’s Diogo Piçarra, Ukraine’s Max Barskih, Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears and Spain’s Aitana on the roll call of winners — Måneskin called their Rotterdam experience “amazing”.

Måneskin defend Eurovision after ABBA singer’s comments

Talking to Britain’s Metro, the four-piece had nothing but good things to say about Eurovision. Lead singer Damiano David responded directly to the ABBA singer’s comments: “I think that everything changes with time so we have to deal with it – and we like it actually”.

Bassist Victoria De Angelis was even more effusive in her praise for the world’s biggest song contest: “I think that when we went it was amazing”.

Eurovision has propelled the Italian rock group to global fame. Their victory at the MTV EMAs is only the latest accolade to come their way. Upon winning the gong for Best Rock Act, Damiano declared that “We also wanna say that people usually told us we are not gonna make it with our music, well, I guess you were wrong”.

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. 

What do you think of Damiano and Victoria’s comments? Are they right? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Richard Stubbs
Richard Stubbs
9 days ago

I don’t see how any of this is an issue. There have been headlines like “Annifrid lashes out against Eurovision”….are you kidding me people?? I listened to her interview and she did nothing of the kind…even though she said she wasn’t a fan, she was still respectful of the contest and the contestants. Media just trying to make nothing into something.

Patrick
9 days ago

For goodness sake everyone is entitled to their opinion. Frida preferred it as it was in the 70s Maneskin like it as it is now. Where’s the drama in that? Both were amazing acts. Both deserved their victory. Both revitalised the contest at times it needed it.

Last edited 9 days ago by Patrick
Moonstar
Moonstar
10 days ago

Måneskin’s haters should read their Eurovision winning entry’s lyrics in English- its message fits them very well. 🙂

Amy Kelly
Amy Kelly
10 days ago

I’d heard the guys said the women of Abba didn’t want to do press. They should have stuck to that. If you don’t have anything nice to say and all….

Charles
Charles
9 days ago
Reply to  Amy Kelly

And not be honest about any issue just to not annoy your sensitive snowflake skin? You do understand … Eurovision is a TV show … you can love it immensely … but this is not your mother or sister who you should love way more to the point you were full on right to be offended and hurt if anyone insulted them …
Now wanting Frida to keep quiet because you think Eurovision is your own mother. Really? Gurl please …

Coco
Coco
11 days ago

Again people accusing esc of focusing on visuals, as if we are not curious about staging when rehearsals start.
Funny thing is that ABBA used every trick in the book available at that time.

Yana
Yana
11 days ago

“It’s not a cheesy contest, it’s a musical contest”. – Damiano answered after journalist asked him on the winning press conference. So…
If Eurovision be the same as on time of Alba, we probably wouldn’t watch it. Celebrate Diversity !!!

Raussen
Raussen
11 days ago

The fact that because of Eurovision tik too girls force these talantless garbage parody of rock is why Eurovision sucks

roodi
roodi
11 days ago
Reply to  Raussen

Jealous because Maneskin has succes

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
11 days ago
Reply to  Raussen

“Talentless garbage rock parody” is having the success no other recent eurovision song has ever had. Probably you are Scandinavian, the ones who usually exchange votes between themselves. Sorry if this time a Scandinavian country didn’t win. It’s the Eurovision, not the Scandinavianvision. And it’s not even the discopopvision, but the Eurovision SONG contest. That includes rock. Unfortunately Led Zeppelin are not performing anymore and Rolling Stones are busy in gigs in the USA. But Rolling Stones wanted this “garbage rock band” to open their concert in Las Vegas.

Last edited 11 days ago by Vincenzo
Denis
Denis
11 days ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

The Scandi hate on this site never cease to amaze. So anyone who doesn’t like them must be Scandinavian? And even if they are so what?
Are you aware that the group has a Scandinavian name and sound? And that the song got thier biggest success in all Scandinavian countries? What has Scadinavia done?
Or are you so full of yourself thinking thier win re-invented the contest?

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
11 days ago
Reply to  Denis

I know they had a huge success in Scandinavian countries. And I do know Måneskin is a danish word. I know Sweden jury gave 8 or 10 points to Måneskin. Danish jury gave ZERO points (I don’t understand how they didn’t give even one point to a group with a danish name and an half danish lady in it, but that’s ok). It’s a fact Scandinavian countries usually vote between themselves. Just watch all the last ESCs to have a living proof of what I say. One can say “I don’t like rock, or I don’t like this song” but… Read more »

Last edited 11 days ago by Vincenzo
Vale
Vale
10 days ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

You also forgot to mention that Swedish songwriters sell their songs to many other European entries for Eurovision. I read on Twitter so many hateful comments towards Maneskin and many of those comments were from Swedish people. So, if Eurovision fans from different countries are bitter towards Sweden, there is a reason behind it.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
10 days ago
Reply to  Vale

Yes. I know. I didn’t want to write also this, just not to be accused to be an anti-scandinavian prick. Senhit’s Adrenalina, was a B-grade song from MelodyFestival. And also, if I am not wrong, Cyprus one, El Diablo. For me this is not very fair and this is one of the reasons many songs seems to be a cut and paste one of another. And the same disco pop style is replicated. Then Måneskin arrive and disrupt all this by winning, a thing, probably, that has made many spit venom over them. In Italy we say Måneskin “hanno rotto… Read more »

Last edited 10 days ago by Vincenzo
Vincenzo
Vincenzo
11 days ago
Reply to  Denis

They surely didn’t reinvent the contest. But they influenced a lot of young people to be interested in rock and not in trap etc. And to start learning how to play an instrument. Next year we will have another disco/pop song created by a swedish producer on a computer winning the ESC. But this victory, by a band who composes music and lyrics, plays instruments and has a wonderful stage presence, cannot be called by an extremely talented id*ot “talentless garbage parody of rock”.

musica
musica
10 days ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Arcade as a song was more successful than Zitti e Buoni, so you’re not completely right there. But Måneskin are definitely more successful as an act.

They’re no ABBA, of course. I can’t imagine people will still listen to them in 40 years, they’re not original enough for that. Björn and Benny were phenomenal songwriters.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
10 days ago
Reply to  musica

Arcade has been successful in a two years period, which is very long, compared with the explosion of Måneskin, and with different songs, even from 2017 (like Beggin) . Duncan Lawrence has been in the charts with one (maybe two, I am not sure) song(s) only. But Arcade has not won the number of awards of Måneskin, yet. Probably more platinum records, but add all the golden and platinum records won by Måneksin in the world and you will see. And there are the American Music Awards still to go, and maybe Grammys. My intention was not to weigh each… Read more »

sTommie
sTommie
9 days ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

So Beggin is successful over even a longer period then Arcade, no?

musica
musica
8 days ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

I don’t care about awards, they’re commercial nonsense and never given on merit. Zitti e buoni hasn’t been a hit all around the world, Arcade has. Indeed it took its time to do so, but I don’t think Zitti e buoni will get a revival like Arcade had.

I also don’t really believe in overlap or no overlap, I like all kinds of genres and I think that goes for a lot of people. I do think that Måneskin’s audience is maybe a little younger, mostly teenagers.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
7 days ago
Reply to  musica

My dear. It’s clear Zitti e Buoni cannot have the same success as Arcade because it is in italian, not in english. Do you think Arcade would have been so successfull if it was in dutch? Let’s compare apples with apples, please. A ballad has a wider supporting audience that a rock song. Then there is the language barrier. Then Arcade is 2,5 years in the charts. But it has not been equally successful in Europe like Zitti e Buoni. In the USA Arcade is still in the low tier of the charts, meanwhile Måneskin had. 3 or 4 songs… Read more »

Last edited 7 days ago by Vincenzo
Ellie
Ellie
11 days ago
Reply to  Raussen

TikTok, misogyny, not real rock, Eurovision sucks… hater bingo! Drink!

Sanne
Sanne
11 days ago

I mean, it’s normal. Did she really think it would be the same 47 years later? What did she expect? Eurovision is amazing

Jonas
Jonas
11 days ago
Reply to  Sanne

Frida never actually said anything bad about the contest, just that it was not for her anymore. That’s allowed.

roodi
roodi
11 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

she did lol why do you caal yourself a Eurofan

Denis
Denis
11 days ago
Reply to  roodi

No, she said she doesn’t follow it any-more. Which is normal with age. I doubt most of us will follow ESC that closely when we are 75 years old..

Roodi
Roodi
10 days ago
Reply to  Denis

not every old people is a boomer

Emma
Emma
11 days ago

I am also tired of ESC, I never like the songs but I watch it only for entertainment purposes to be honest, so I don’t blame Anne-Frid for not liking it anymore really…

Sale
Sale
11 days ago
Reply to  Emma

Then don’t watch it it’s that easy

Raussen
Raussen
11 days ago
Reply to  Sale

He said already that he watch it for entertainment, not music, Eurovision drones can’t handle any critic

roodi
roodi
11 days ago
Reply to  Raussen

We can if the critic is good filthy Scandinavian

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
11 days ago
Reply to  roodi

Are we 100% sure is is Scandinavian? And is he also filthy? 🙂

Roodi
Roodi
10 days ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Yes I can see it from the name Scandinavians are known to be filthy

Alex
Alex
11 days ago

I’m not sure why people are making a big deal out of this. People grow out of things, that’s totally fine. It’s really not news worth or worth making a whole ordeal out of

roodi
roodi
11 days ago
Reply to  Alex

why do you call your self a Eurofan?

Denis
Denis
11 days ago

And when they are 75 years old will they still have the same opinion about it? Will they still keep in touch with it?
There is no need for this drama or defence of something. Life happens, even if you are a fan there will come times when you struggle to keep it up with it or just aren’t as bothered with it as much. It¨s the same with most fandoms..

roodi
roodi
11 days ago
Reply to  Denis

no but they will be thankfull not like that Abba lady

Denis
Denis
11 days ago
Reply to  roodi

Be like what? She never looked down on the contest, never said she hated it. Never said she wasn’t thankful for it. Just that she doesn’t enjoy it any-more, it’s not for her. Which is a normal thing with age. Most of us will probably not be to bothered about it either after we get that age..No need to attack her for that or defend Eurovision, there is nothing to defend

Roodi
Roodi
10 days ago
Reply to  Denis

She could say thank you ESC but no she says ESC is too modern

Whisker
Whisker
11 days ago

The most interesting side of ESC is prolly what happens behind the scenes. We’ve seen the good, but what about the bad and the ugly of ESC? #truth

roodi
roodi
11 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

What is the bad and ugly of ESC?

Kim
Kim
11 days ago

I love Eurovision (wrong site to keep checking otherwise) but there might be a time in my life when I might not have the same regard for it. That’s not a big deal…it’s called life.

roodi
roodi
11 days ago
Reply to  Kim

no not every old person is a boomer

Luc
Luc
11 days ago
Reply to  roodi

Why do chavorrucos use boomer in the most derogatory form? xd

Roodi
Roodi
10 days ago
Reply to  Luc

to make a point

MyName
MyName
11 days ago

I also think ESC is a great thing. Of course, as a big fan! But I also can agree with Frida, sometimes focus is too much on the visuals rather than on music as it should be