ABBA reveal they're keen to write a UK Eurovision Song Contest entry for Dua Lipa


‘It can’t be worse than the last one!’: ABBA reveal they’re open to writing a Eurovision song for the UK – and they want Dua Lipa to perform it


ABBA have revealed they are keen to write the UK’s Eurovision Song Contest entry – but they want Dua Lipa to sing it.

The Swedish pop group know the secret to Eurovision success having won the competition in 1974 with mega-hit Waterloo. 

The UK’s entrants haven’t had the same luck – with last year’s performer James Newman scoring zero points at May’s ceremony with his performance of Embers in Rotterdam.

Yet ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus, 76, and Benny Andersson, 74, said they could turn this around if Dua would put herself forward to perform. 

Incredible: ABBA have revealed they are keen to write the UK's Eurovision Song Contest entry - but they want Dua Lipa to sing it (pictured in 2021)

Incredible: ABBA have revealed they are keen to write the UK’s Eurovision Song Contest entry – but they want Dua Lipa to sing it (pictured in 2021)

The pair appeared on Friday’s episode of BBC Breakfast as they discussed the news that Dua’s management, TaP Music, is scouting a singer to compete for the UK at Eurovision 2022, which will be held at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy. 

They went on to say they’d like to see Dua herself sing the UK’s entry and insisted they would be up for penning the track for the right act. 

Benny continued: ‘Picking an act is one thing, writing a song is different. So you need both a great song and a good act.’

Fingers crossed! Dua's management is on a hunt for the next Eurovision entrant, but ABBA think they should just submit Dua herself (pictured in 2020)

Fingers crossed! Dua’s management is on a hunt for the next Eurovision entrant, but ABBA think they should just submit Dua herself (pictured in 2020)

Icons: Appearing on Friday's episode of BBC Breakfast, the pair were asked what they thought of the UK's 'new tactic', to which Benny replied: 'Good,' with Bjorn adding: 'Promising'

Icons: Appearing on Friday’s episode of BBC Breakfast, the pair were asked what they thought of the UK’s ‘new tactic’, to which Benny replied: ‘Good,’ with Bjorn adding: ‘Promising’

When asked if they would consider writing the UK entry, he said: ‘Oh, a UK entry? I don’t know.’ 

His response was more measured than Bjorn’s who outright said: ‘No.’

However, Benny insisted: ‘But what’s the risk? You can’t be worse than last.’ 

Bjorn said: ‘No, but it needs to be a really good act to write for, yeah’, with the pair then agreeing that Dua Lipa would be the preferable choice. 

Talented: The Swedish pop band shot to fame after winning the televised singing competition in 1974 with mega-hit Waterloo (pictured)

Talented: The Swedish pop band shot to fame after winning the televised singing competition in 1974 with mega-hit Waterloo (pictured) 

The 2022 entry song is set to be released on a major record label to further boost the nation’s chances of victory.

Dua previously told The Sun: ‘I’m a proud Brit whilst also being a proud Kosovan. I’m happy to lend my manager to the cause. I’ll be cheering them on.’ 

Voting at the Eurovision Song Contest has long been dogged with controversy amid claims of bloc voting by countries, in particular former Soviet nations.

After the performances, each country awards points for each song – ranging from one to eight, and then ten and 12 for the best.

If you come outside the top ten, you are not awarded points from that country.

The first round of points is decided by a jury of five music industry professionals in each country, and the second is awarded by viewers watching at home who can vote by telephone, text message or a phone app.

The jury announces the points they are awarding live on air. The viewers’ points are then added up and revealed at the end of the show, from lowest to highest.

This year’s victors, Måneskin, from Italy, were glam rockers who took to the stage in flared lederhosen with their nipples out.

Tough times: It comes after the UK once again suffered a major blow after James Newman scored zero points during May's ceremony with his performance of Embers in Rotterdam

Tough times: It comes after the UK once again suffered a major blow after James Newman scored zero points during May’s ceremony with his performance of Embers in Rotterdam

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