Eurovision: ABBA won’t perform next year in Sweden on the 50th anniversary of their win

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18 May 2023, 10:07


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It could not have been a better time for ABBA to make a return to the Eurovision stage in their home country on the anniversary of their win.

Following Sweden’s win with Loreen at the 2023 contest, many fans speculated the band would come out of retirement for one night only to perform.

ABBA won the competition back in 1974 with their hit Waterloo and next year would be the 50th anniversary of their win.

It seems like the perfect opportunity, however it look like an ABBA reunion is not on the cards.

Eurovision News, a fan-run publication that shares the latest updates on the competition, posted a tweet that said: “Abba said that they won’t be taking part in Eurovision 2023!”

Following this, ABBA’s representatives confirmed this statement was true, according to

That isn’t to say they won’t feature in some way, maybe in a pre-recorded video or even with their avatars used in the popular ABBA Voyage show.

Taking to Twitter, fans reacted to the news, with one person saying: “Well, we will see.”

While another added: “They’ll end up going. Or Loreen could sing a version of their song. Or artists will do a Medley or something.”

A third said: “Just send the holograms! It’ll be enough.”

This year, Eurovision took place in Liverpool as the UK hosted the even on behalf of Ukraine following Sam Ryder’s success at the competition in 2022.

It was huge evening featuring a cameo from the Princess of Wales, a performance from Sam Ryder and, of course, some great music. You can see al the highlights from the night here.

After dominating the jury vote with 340 points and gaining another 243 in the public vote, Loreen took the coveted Eurovision trophy for Sweden with her song Tattoo.

She became the only woman to even win the competition twice.