Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus hopes Eurovision 2023 unites Europe around Ukraine

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Bjorn Ulvaeus has said he hopes Eurovision 2023 “unites” people in Europe around Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia earlier this year.

The 77-year-old member of hitmaker Abba, who won the song contest for Sweden with Waterloo in 1974, added the competition may “seem shallow” but it has a “deeper meaning”.

Ulvaeus said: “I haven’t decided, but I hope that it unites Europe behind Ukraine.

“Eurovision may seem shallow and just for fun, but there is a deeper meaning to it. For those hours that it is on, Europe is unified.”

The full interview with Bjorn Ulvaeus is available now in Radio Times (Radio Times/PA)

Ulvaeus also said: “Why (does the UK) not send your best songs? Why not make an effort?

“I think the UK is doing that now, finally. And I’m glad.”

He will also look ahead to Eurovision 2023 and why Abba means so much to the LGBT+ community when he guest edits BBC Radio 4’s Today programme over the Christmas period.

Ulvaeus wants journalists on the radio show to interview “prime ministers and presidents”.

He added that Abba always steered clear from politics because his “politically skewed” lyrics were so “boring”.

Abba Voyage
Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Ian West/PA)

Meanwhile, Ulvaeus and fellow Abba member Benny Andersson, along with a choir, have recorded a new arrangement of a track from Abba’s 2021 album Voyage for the show.

The full interview with Ulvaeus is available now in Radio Times.

The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in May 2023 at the ACC Liverpool.

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