Disappointment for ABBA fans: the Swedish disco group will not be performing again next year on the Eurovision stage which will take place in their country, fifty years after their victory in the famous competition.
” I do not want it. And if I don’t want it, the others won’t. It’s the same for all four. If one says “no”, then it’s no”said Benny Andersson, Thursday, May 25, during an interview with the magazine Newsnight which will be broadcast in the evening on the BBC. There is ” no chance “ that ABBA sings next year or even makes an appearance on stage, he loose in excerpts from this interview published upstream by the British channel.
“We can celebrate 50 years of ABBA without being on stage”abounds his sidekick Bjorn Ulvaeus, putting an end to speculation since the victory of Swedish singer Loreen on May 13 at Eurovision with the title Tattoos.
A hologram show in London
As required by the rules of the competition, the winning country organizes the next edition, and Loreen’s victory, widely celebrated in Sweden, raised hopes of seeing the legendary group with hundreds of millions of albums sold in the world world, on the occasion of the next edition which will be held just fifty years after their victory with the tube Waterloo.
After nearly four decades of silence and de facto separation, ABBA released a new album at the end of 2021 (Journey) and since last year, fans of their global hits like Mamma Mia, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man after Midnight) Or Dancing Queencan attend a performance by the quartet in London represented by digital avatars broadcast as a hologram.
Buoyed by its success, the show has been extended and plans are under consideration to export it elsewhere in the world. And it’s definitely the closest thing to an ABBA concert that the Swedish group can provide today.
The World with AFP