Abba reunite for Eurovision contest

Last updated at 12:37 13 May 2004

Swedish supergroup Abba were reunited at the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals.

Thirty years after the band won the event with Waterloo, they made a cameo appearances in a one-off video.

Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog made individual appearances at the window of a record company executive, played by comic actor Rik Mayall.

Four puppets also appeared as caricatures of the singers and performed some of the band's hits to the record company executive.

The tribute video also features a brief appearance from American singer Cher.

A BBC3 spokeswoman said: "Whilst the puppets perform, a host of familiar faces appear at the window of Rik's office to watch and listen, with each member of the line up taking a cameo role."

Ten nations in final

Meanwhile, ten nations qualified for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest in an elimination round held late on Wednesday. They join 14 other nations already in the final.

The finals will be held on Saturday in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city and cultural and commercial hub. Turkey won the 2003 event to become this year's host.

The following nations advanced from the semi-final round:

1. Serbia and Montenegro

2. Malta

3. Netherlands

4. Albania

5. Ukraine

6. Croatia

7. Bosnia-Herzegovina

8. Macedonia

9. Greece

10. Cyprus

Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey will also compete in the final.

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