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.
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