The Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony, which won’t air in the U.S. until 7:30pm ET Friday, was preceded by a raucous pre-show geared toward igniting the crowd at Fisht Stadium. Among the headliners of this pre-show spectacle was t.A.T.u., the pop duo that made a big splash with American fans a decade ago.
t.A.T.u reunion rumors circulated on the Web leading up to the winter games, and the duo did not disappoint:
t.A.T.u. performed their 2003 hit “Not Gonna Get Us” in Russian for the masses gathered for the opening ceremony. They held hands, and were flanked by rainbow-clad dancers. Fans were treated to a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Julia Volkova and Lena Katina on Instagram:
Here are the ladies before taking the stage:
Fans in the audience were quick to post footage to Vine. Here, the view from the upper deck:
See one of the first (very low-resolution) videos of t.A.T.u’s performance below.
For those who need a refresher, t.A.T.u reached the height of their U.S. popularity in 2003 with “Not Gonna Get Us” and their other hit, “All the Things She Said.”
The duo made headlines for their performance at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards, where they performed among dozens of female dancers dressed as school girls. The number ended with the performers stripping down to their underwear and sharing a kiss.
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