Watch Judi Dench sing ABBA’s Waterloo with Sharleen Spiteri

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3 Jan 2023, 14:59

Dame Judi Dench and Sharleen Spiteri

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Dame Judi Dench and Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri gave hotel guests in Scotland quite the surprise when they sang ABBA’s Waterloo on New Year’s Eve.

While celebrating at the Fife Arms in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, the pair gave an impromptu performance of the 1974 hit at the hotel’s piano in the lobby.

Perched on a stool, Spiteri took the lead vocals while Dench played the keys in a video filmed by hotel owner Ewan Venters.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: “Judi Dench and Sharleen Spiteri were staying at the hotel and we had an impromptu moment at the piano.

“It was a happy evening with lots of guests and locals clapping.”

He added to PA News Agency the pair “had met previously but after dinner, they met in the lobby and took to the piano. Guests were somewhat shocked but loved it!

“Two legends – a Scottish musician, Sharleen Spiteri – and Dame Judi who, although born in the city of York, is an honorary Scot, for not least playing Queen Victoria on so many occasions. Mrs. Brown was back on Royal Deeside!”

You can watch the performance below:

Dame Judi recently appeared on an episode of Louis Theroux Interviews where she opened up about the passing of her late husband, Michael.

Actor Michael passed away after being diagnosed with lung cancer, and twenty years on, Judi became emotional while discussing his death, admitting she’s “not good at it.”

On his sad loss, Judi explained: “I was in New York and they said he was not well so my agent flew out and we came back on Concorde the next day.

“And it aborted take off and we got off and went back and they said, ‘Oh it’ll be alright’ and we got on another plane and the same thing happened.

“So it took us a long, long time to get back, but we were back, and got back here, so we were all in the house together and that was very, very good indeed.”