ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus recently sat down with BBC radio and recalled the jealousy among the group’s members when they competed in the 1974 ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ that turned them into a worldwide sensation.
Bjorn recalled that the British panel of voters in the competition gave them a zero for their performance of “Waterloo. He’s always felt that was because the panel featured the Swedish band were the biggest obstacle to their own entrant Olivia Newton-John.
He went on to add that after the competition concluded, "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." On top of that, Frida "is a good friend with Olivia. She says that Olivia knew that we would win."
Decades later, Ulvaeus remembers how that competition changed their lives. He said, , "[We had] gone overnight from this obscure Swedish band to world fame... So unreal."
[Source: Classic Hits Today]