Abba have ruled out reuniting for Eurovision 2024 in Sweden on the 50th anniversary of their win with Waterloo.
Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson said they would not be reforming for the contest with fellow band members, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and also dismissed the idea that they might compose Sweden’s entry.
Since the band won the contest in 1974, Sweden has gone on to win five more times, including this year with Loreen’s song Tattoo.
Ulvaeus, 78, and Andersson, 76, have said they will never tour again and reportedly refused a fee of $1 billion to play one hundred shows at the turn of the millennium.
‘I don’t want to’
“I don’t want to, and if I don’t want to, the others won’t,” Andersson told BBC Newsnight in an interview celebrating the first anniversary of their virtual concert, Abba Voyage.
“It’s the same for all four of us – someone says ‘no’ – it’s a no.”
Ulvaeus said: “We can celebrate 50 years of Abba without us being on stage.”
He added that the response to Abba Voyage, which features virtual avatars of the band members, had surpassed “every expectation”.