What to expect from the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar?

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The World Cup in Qatar begins next Sunday with the match between the host country and Ecuador. Just before the traditional opening ceremony of the tournament will be held.

According to an article Paris Match France of Writing

After months of controversy, the World Cup is about to begin in a tense atmosphere. Between calls for a boycott and clumsy political defense, the competition being held in Qatar will be launched on Sunday at the end of the day. And it is the traditional opening ceremony of the competition that will open the tournament at the Al Bayt stadium. Usually, the shows that take place before the first game go more or less unnoticed. Far from the grandiloquence of the Olympic Games, these ceremonies are most often content with a few dancers and guest stars.

But Qatar, as we know, does not intend to skimp on the means. According to RMC Sport, the organizers have precisely decided to draw inspiration from the Olympic ceremonies, promising a project “pretty impressive”. The Italian producer Marco Balich, who notably officiated for the Rio Olympics in 2016, was chosen to lead this show, the aim of which is to “mark spectators and television viewers”.

But faced with the many controversies surrounding the competition, linked in particular to the fate of the workers who worked on the construction sites or to those of human rights, the artistic director had to face several challenges. The main thing: how to produce an opening ceremony if no artist wishes to take part in the event? Several rumors announced the participation of Dua Lipa but the British singer replied curtly on social networks, saying that she had never shared the possibility of going to Qatar, recalling that she would come there the day the country respects human rights. ‘Man.

Rod Stewart for his part declared to the Times that he had refused a million dollars in exchange for a performance in Qatar on the sidelines of the competition. Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams (who had already performed at the World Cup in Russia) were also mentioned for a time, without any announcement being made. Other names have been given in the media, including Bollywood star Nora Fatehi, or Colombian J Balvin.

BTS’s Jungkook, only confirmed presence

For now, only Jungkook, member of the BTS group, was confirmed last weekend by his agency. He is currently in Qatar. But since then, and while the band’s fans have shown more or less mixed reactions to this subject, no further news has been given. Will he be alone on stage or surrounded by other artists? Rapper Lil Baby, who announced that he recorded one of the competition’s official anthems, would also be in attendance.

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But it could be that in the absence of other big international stars, the focus will be on the artistic performance of dancers and fireworks, rather than singers. It is also a French company that was responsible for managing this part of the show. “In the end, it will be a great show, for everyone and to show that Qatar is open to the world”said a member of the organization.

The opening ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in France, on TF1. The match between Qatar and Ecuador will take place at 5 p.m.

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