The scandalous aspects of t.A.T.u.’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in Riga, Latvia on May 24th, 2003 include rumors about alleged corruption at Channel One. The main role in selecting Russia’s representatives at the contest was played not by the music, but rather by personal acquaintanceship. The Russian news media have been claiming that thousands of entries were submitted, but none of these was considered seriously. ORT has refused to answer any questions about the criteria for selection, and the membership of the relevant jury is not known. This makes it all the more possible that there were machinations in the way in which the national competition was organized.
Tatu Team With Rammstein?
April 3, 2003 – t.A.T.u. will collaborate with German industrial metal outfit Rammstein on a “most unpredicted project,” according to a statement on the pop duo’s Russian-language official website. “t.A.T.u.’s producer, Ivan Shapovalov, and Rammstein’s management are now discussing the details,” reads an English translation on a t.A.T.u. fan site.