Big party, but who’s coming? Big international stars canceled before the opening ceremony. “Revolutionary” should remain.
Dua Lipa? I do not want to. Rod Stewart? Cancelled! The fact that Europe’s top stars avoid the opening ceremony of the first World Cup on Arab soil cannot dampen the anticipation of the World Cup hosts. The filmmakers promise great cinema for the roughly 30-minute ceremony immediately before Qatar’s opening game against Ecuador on Sunday.
“This opening ceremony will be revolutionary,” says director Marco Balich, who has staged and organized celebrations for 14 Olympic Games. Until now, thus the Italian in conversation with the Gazzetta dello Sportthese opening shows were “only endured”: “This time there is a will to give a central role to the opening ceremony.”
Without Dua Lipa, without Rod Stewart
Around 800 dancers and extras work in the seven-part celebration, the team hails from 15 different countries. A well-known megastar in this country has not yet been confirmed, such as Robbie Williams in Russia in 2018, Jennifer López in Brazil in 2014 or Shakira in South Africa in 2010.
The values represented in the celebration will count more than the stars.
British pop singer Dua Lipa, who only wants to visit Qatar “when the country has met all its human rights commitments”, turned him down, as did Rod Stewart, who said he turned down a highly paid offer.
“Hayya Hayya” as the official song of the World Cup
Instead, the popular South Korean band BTS and American rapper Lil Baby will perform. “Hayya Hayya”, the official song of the 2022 World Cup, will be performed by the Qatari singer Aisha, the American-Nigerian singer Davido and the American artist Trinidad Cardona.
“The focus will be future-oriented, based on the Super Bowl halftime shows,” says Balich. The central theme is inclusion: “The values represented in the celebration will count more than the stars, which in any case will not be missing.”