Top Of The Pops magazine, July 1996

Benji Franklin Pops The Questions

What would you really like to know about your favourite pop person? This month, it's the turn of Benji from Lincolnshire to put Eternal's Easther in the hot seat.

If you weren't in Eternal, would you buy their records?
Absolutely. I don't listen to our music as much as other people's records because I know it so well. But it's great to rediscover Always And Forever every so often.

Do you think you'll succeed in America?
Power of a Woman hasn't been released over there yet and won't be until we're ready to promote it. We've organised a tour for the autumn so, yes, obviously we hope to do well when we go over.

If Louise wanted to rejoin the group, would you welcome her back?
We'd love to but I don't think that's what she'd want. It took us a long time to adjust to working as a three-piece but now I don't think we could be a four-piece again. It's great to see her doing so well - I rushed back from a shopping trip to catch her on Top Of The Pops the other week. Didn't she look fantastic!

How do you rate alongside other famous girls groups?
Eternal are on the same level as many other girl groups. As for all-time groups, well, we have a very long way to go before we could match The Supremes!

Do you remember the handsome young man in the second row at Nottingham on February 22?
I have to be honest here, I can't quite remember you Benji but give me a wave when you next come and see us perform.

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