Bjorn Ulvaeus says UK giving Abba no points at 1974 Eurovision could've been 'cunning' plan

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Abba performs during the the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 on February 09, 1974 in Brighton with their song Waterloo. (OLLE LINDEBORG/AFP via Getty Images)
Abba performs during the the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 on February 09, 1974 in Brighton with their song Waterloo. (OLLE LINDEBORG/AFP via Getty Images)

Bjorn Ulvaeus has said the UK awarding Abba "nul points" the night they won the Eurovision Song Contest may have been a "cunning" act from of the panel.

The Swedish group's performance of Waterloo at the event held at Brighton Dome in 1974 went down a storm, but the UK panel didn't award them any points. 

The UK entrant that year was Olivia Newton-John, said to have been a favourite at the time with the track Long Live Love.

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Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Ulvaeus suggested it could have been their plan to give Abba no points as their biggest possible threat to another UK victory.

Bjorn Ulvaeus on stage during the finale of the musical Mamma Mia!, which celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Novello Theatre in London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Bjorn Ulvaeus on stage during the finale of the musical Mamma Mia!, which celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Novello Theatre in London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)

"It certainly could have been," he told entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson. "Because the Brits were the first ones to embrace us after winning, so the jury could have been as cunning as that - [it's] very likely actually.

"Because it's kind of strange they would give us zero points. It sounds like they were trying to do something cunning."

The songwriter said his bandmate Anni-Frid Lyngstad is a friend of Newton-John's and had spoken with Australian star, who came in fourth place, about it. 

Abba members Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus. (OLLE LINDEBORG/AFP/Getty Images)
Abba members Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus. (OLLE LINDEBORG/AFP/Getty Images)

"Frida is a good friend with Olivia. She says that Olivia knew that we would win," he said.

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The Eurovision win allowed the group to flourish and propelled them toward superstardom 

This year's postponed Eurovision Song Contest will see Sweden compete in the first semi-final with their entrant Tusse. 

As one of the Big Five countries the UK's entrant, James Newman, will definitely compete in the final.

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