Meredith Vieira Wonders: When Was Last Time Russian Police Choir ‘Got Lucky’

This morning’s Today show reprise of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs choir covering Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” looked and sounded even better than the group’s smash-hit performance during Sochi’s opening night. With the added, sideline benefit of a dancing Al Roker and other NBC show personalities, crew.


During an interview with choir conductor General Victor Eliseyev (translated by NBC News Moscow bureau chief Albina Kovalyova), Savannah Guthrie suggested that it won’t be long before some enterprising booking agent brings the group stateside. The choir performs around 200 dates every year:

“When we first made the collective, I had a dream to perform in Japan, France and the U.S.A.,” explained the general. “We’ve performed in Japan and France, and we’ve still not been in the U.S. And it’s my greatest dream.”

Separately, Meredith Vieira during an interview with the choir cheekily asked when was the last time the gang, collectively, did justice to Daft Punk’s Grammy-winning mission. “Before Sochi,” answered one of the group members, “because the general says it’s not allowed and that our luck is here in Sochi.” Vladimir Putin no doubt approves.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.