Eurovision interval acts announced amid rumours of ABBA reunion in Sweden (2024)

The Eurovision Song Contest returns to Sweden this week and the occasion marks the 50th anniversary of the country's first win with ABBA song Waterloo back in 1974

Eurovision interval acts announced amid rumours of ABBA reunion in Sweden (1)

There's speculation over whether ABBA will take to the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest later this week to mark the anniversary of them winning the competition.

This year's contest will be hosted by Malin Åkerman, 45, and Petra Mede, 54, in Malmö. Sweden 's now hosting again after having won for a seventh time last year, equaling the record set by Ireland for the most wins in the history of Eurovision.

It also marks the 50th anniversary of Sweden having won the contest for the first time back in 1974, when the country was represented by ABBA. The band performed Waterloo at the Dome in Brighton, with the UK having hosted that year.

There's been rumours that bandmates Agnetha Fältskog, 74, Björn Ulvaeus, 79, Benny Andersson, 77, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 78, could reunite for the special occasion. The prospect has however previously been ruled out by Benny.

Addressing the possibility of reuniting on stage, Benny told the BBC last year: "No way!" He added: "I don't want to and if don't want to, they won't go." Björn stated: "We could celebrate 50 years of ABBA without us being on stage."

It's however been teased that ABBA could appear at the Malmö Arena in the form of virtual avatars. The band have a virtual concert residency, ABBA Voyage, which launched at the purpose-built ABBA Arena in London back in 2022.

Martin Österdahl, 50, the executive supervisor of Eurovision, told Deadline recently that the annual contest will be "celebrating" ABBA later this week. Although he reportedly wouldn't disclose any details, a source told the outlet that the tribute will be "something never seen on TV before."

Whilst a source told the Sun that ABBA will be "celebrated big time" in the contest, which will hold semi-finals on Tuesday and Thursday, before its grand final on Saturday. The source teased the preference is for virtual avatars.

The source commented: "The group have made it clear they have no interest in performing again but ABBA's music will be a major part of the event with a chunk of time put aside for a tribute after all the acts have performed."

They added: "Bringing part of their ABBA Voyage show to Sweden is really complex because the tech is very expensive and complicated, which is why they had to build an arena for it in East London. Organisers are racing to try and make it possible but otherwise, a selection of stars, likely all from Sweden, will be singing ABBA's music instead."

Although details about the tribute are yet to be announced, organisers have confirmed some interval acts for the shows this week. They include last year's winner Loreen, 40, who first won Eurovision with her song Euphoria back in 2012.

According to the contest's website, the first semi-final will feature a "show-stopping medley" from former contestant Benjamin Ingrosso, 26. There will also be a performance from Johnny Logan, 69, who until Loreen's victory last year was the only performer to have won Eurovision twice. He won for Ireland in 1980 and then 1987, and was a songwriter on Linda Martin 's winning song Why Me? from 1992. There's also set to be an opening act, United By Music, involving the return of Eleni Foureira, 37, Eric Saade, 33, and Chanel, 32.

The second semi-final is set to unite former winners Helena Paparizou, 42, Sertab Erener, 59, and Charlotte Perrelli, 49, for " the world's biggest sing along". Host Petra is due to perform a musical number titled We Just Love Eurovision Too Much at some point and Loreen will return in the grand final.

ABBA issued a statement last month marking the anniversary of their Eurovision victory. It read: "It's slightly dizzying and deeply humbling to think that millions of you who saw us for the first time in the Eurovision final 1974 have passed our music on not only to one generation, but to several. We see evidence of that every time one of us visits ABBA Voyage in London and it's because of this we can celebrate the 50th Anniversary of that event in the knowledge that our songs still resonate around the world.

"It's difficult to comprehend that 50 years have gone by since the four of us waited backstage for the verdicts of all the juries around Europe at the Dome in Brighton. So what were our dreams during those suspenseful moments or in the chaos in the aftermath of the victory we had secured with the smallest margin in Eurovision history? Four different dreams, no doubt, but whatever they were, however grand, reality has surpassed them, that's for sure.

"Many of you were there from the very start and have followed us ever since - for over half a century! Music you discover and learn to love when you grow up or even later in life has a way of staying with you forever. We share that experience with you and to know that our music has become a constant in your lives is a wonderful thing.

"Throughout the years we have been blessed with the outpouring of love from you, our fans. We feel it and we want you to know that hardly a day goes by when we're not reminded of it. To say thank you for what you're giving us without sounding trivial is not easy and this is not a moment for triviality. It is a happy and at the same time solemn moment and we can only hope that you understand how deeply grateful we are for a long, successful career and for your steadfast loyalty and support through the years. Thank you!"

The Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals air on Tuesday and Thursday from 8pm on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds. Whilst the grand final will be broadcast on the same platforms on Saturday from 8pm .

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Eurovision interval acts announced amid rumours of ABBA reunion in Sweden (2024)


What was the interval act in Eurovision 1974? ›

The interval act was a pre-recorded video montage featuring the Wombles, a novelty pop band based on the children's characters of the same name, in various locations across Brighton.

Why did France pull out the 1974 Eurovision? ›

In 1974, after selecting a singer and song to represent them at the contest, France withdrew after the President of France Georges Pompidou died in the week of the contest. If they had participated, France would have been represented by Dani with the song "La Vie à vingt-cinq ans".

Did ABBA get discovered on Eurovision? ›

ABBA still holds the title of the biggest success story to come from Eurovision. The group, who won the song contest in 1974, were propelled to world fame overnight. Made up of two sets of couples, the foursome sold 385 million records worldwide - only being outsold by The Beatles.

Which country has won Eurovision the most? ›

Here are the countries with the most Eurovision wins of all time: Ireland and Sweden currently tie in holding the most Eurovision wins, having both won seven times. The United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Netherlands and France have all won the song contest five times.

What are interval acts in Eurovision? ›

Interval acts are a series of non-competitive performances that take place after all competing artists have performed their entries.

What was the interval act in Eurovision 1993? ›

The interval act comprised performances by previous Eurovision winners Linda Martin, reprising her winning song from the previous year's contest "Why Me?", and Johnny Logan, performing the song "Voices (Are Calling)" with choirs from the Cork School of Music and local children of Millstreet.

Why did Italy leave Eurovision? ›

From 1994 to 1996, Italy withdrew again, with RAI citing a lack of interest in participating. Italy returned in 1997, before withdrawing again without explanation, and the country did not participate again until 2011. None of the 20th century Eurovision-winning songs were particularly successful in the Italian charts.

Why didn t the Beatles play at Eurovision? ›

Groups were first allowed to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971, a year after the Beatles broke up, so even if they had wanted to participate, the Fab Four wouldn't have been eligible during their active years.

Who came 2nd to ABBA in 1974 Eurovision? ›

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Who had the best voice in ABBA? ›

Agnetha Fältskog without any doubt. She is one of the finest voices in pop music worldwid. I don't really know about ABBA i just know that it's Swedish pop group music.

Who is the richest ABBA member of all time? ›

It may surprise you to know, but Anni-Frid Lingstad is actually the richest member of ABBA, worth around 39 billion Íkr (300 million USD). So in short, while Agnetha and Frida were important to the band's overall sound, their contribution to the band overall was very little.

What does ABBA mean in Swedish? ›

The name ABBA comes from the first initials of the four members – Agnetha Fältskog, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They were not always a household name, however. When they first formed, they were named “Festfolk”, which is Swedish for “party people”.

What is the most successful Eurovision song? ›

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  • 5. “ Making Your Mind Up” – Bucks Fizz (UK, 1981)
  • 4. “ Rise Like a Phoenix” – Conchita Wurst (Austria, 2014)
  • 3. “ Waterloo” – ABBA (Sweden, 1974)
  • 2. “ Hard Rock Hallelujah” – Lordi (Finland, 2006)
  • 1. “ Euphoria” – Loreen (Sweden, 2012)
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Who is the most famous Eurovision winner? ›

Facts and figures for the Eurovision Song Contest. Ireland won a record 7 times, Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom 5 times. Sweden and the Netherlands won 4 times. ABBA is the most successful Eurovision Song Contest winner.

What country was the least successful in Eurovision? ›

Norway could be found at the bottom of the scoreboard as many as eleven times. The unfortunates came last in 1963, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1990, 1997, 2001, 2004 and in the Grand Final of 2012.

Who is the interval singer for the Eurovision Song Contest? ›

Benjamin Ingrosso will head to Malmö to give the audience and viewers a spectacular interval act in the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. He is going to treat us to an extra-special medley that is guaranteed to set Malmö Arena in musical motion!

What happened in 1974 in music? ›

Rush releases its self-titled debut album. John Lennon and Harry Nilsson get kicked out of Los Angeles' Troubadour nightclub for heckling comedy act the Smothers Brothers. Queen plays its first North American concert, opening for Mott the Hoople in Denver.

What Irish dance show started as interval performances at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest? ›

Every Irish dancer remembers the first time they watched Riverdance. For many, that bolt from the blue struck 30 years ago when the Eurovision song contest interval act was broadcast across the world on the evening of 30 April 1994.


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