In a press release just handed out to us by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) it is stated that “Julia is too ill to perform in the rehearsals”.
LTV said that t.A.T.u. submitted a doctor's certificate. The group's manager, Ivan Shapovalov, said that Julia has a throat infection and that she is taking prescription medicines. The Russian delegation said that they Julia will be well enough to perform on stage during the live show.
Meanwhile, EBU manager of live events Sarah Yuen stated that “we are now hoping that she is well enough to perform Saturday night”.