Confirmed: Frankie Goes To Hollywood Re-form For Eurovision

26 April 2023 | 8:39 am | Mary Varvaris

Vocalist Holly Johnson confirmed the rumours with a social media post: "Frankie Goes To Eurovision".

(Source: YouTube)

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After rumours about Frankie Goes To Hollywood reuniting and performing at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest swirled around the iconic 80s pop group earlier this month, it’s official: Frankie Goes To Hollywood will re-form and perform at this year’s Eurovision.

“Frankie Goes To Eurovision,” vocalist Holly Johnson wrote on social media. “To celebrate the UK hosting the Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine in our hometown of Liverpool, I’m happy to announce that Frankie Goes To Hollywood (Official) will reunite to perform at the opening concert of this very special event.”

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Johnson, Paul Rutherford (backing vocals, keyboards), Mark O'Toole (bass guitar), Brian Nash (guitar) and Peter Gill (drums), disbanded in 1987 following increased tensions within the band.

From their formation in 1980 to their break up seven years later, Frankie Goes To Hollywood was only the second act whose first three singles - Relax, Two Tribes and The Power Of Love landed at #1 on the UK Charts. The first act was fellow Liverpudlians Gerry And The Pacemakers in the 1960s.

The rumours of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s reformation kicked off in mid-April when a source told The Sun newspaper that “Eurovision organisers have put them at the top of their wish list and have asked them if they would consider performing.

“The group haven’t played together with lead singer Holly in more than 20 years, so it would be massive to get them back.”

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While the band’s set won’t be a full one (via Pitchfork), seeing them perform the hits alongside fellow Liverpudlian artists Atomic Kitten, The Lightning Seeds, and The Real Thing at the opening ceremony will be huge for Frankie Goes To Hollywood and the city of Liverpool.

The source at The Sun added, “To host Eurovision in Liverpool is massive for the city, and the organisers want to make sure it is one to remember.”

“For the band, it would be a monumental moment too.

Relax got banned by the BBC when it was released, and this year marks its 40th anniversary, so to be back performing it on the Beeb would be huge.

“Eurovision are hoping the group says yes, but it might not be that simple.”

Looks like they made it simple.

The Eurovision Opening Ceremony – or, the Big Eurovision Welcome, kicks off on Sunday, 7 May.