FIFA World Cup 2018: The stars who will perform at the opening ceremony

FIFA World Cup 2018: The stars who will perform at the opening ceremony

by Sajeesh Soman / 4 months ago

FIFA World Cup 2018: The stars who will perform at the opening ceremony

 

The FIFA World Cup 2018 is just under 24 hours away, and you can’t blame yourself if you’re already restless! A month long intense, exciting and enthralling festival of football kicks off with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, but before that, we have a massive opening ceremony lined-up to inaugurate the competition.

 

Headlining the array of stars set to perform is well-known English music icon Robbie Williams, famously known for his chartbuster singles hit ‘Angels’, who also promised to make it “an unforgettable show”! The 44-year old was asked by the Russian newspapers to be banned from performing after he called the Russian president Vladimir Putin a dictator. But the tensions have now watered down and the star is cleared to weave his magic in the Russian capital.

 

Joining him on the stage will be Russian soprano sensation Aida Garifullina, adding to her amazing renditions to Williams’ pop. As it’s a celebration of musical arts, Aida’s performance will be a tribute to the country’s rich culture and music.

 

No event as big as this is complete without a slice of opera, and that’s why Spain’s legendary singer Placido Domingo is scheduled to perform too! Widely touted as the ‘King of Opera’, Domingo is considered as one of the best tenors in the history and he’ll be joined by his Peruvian counterpart Juan Diego Florez, adding his own light and agile tenor.

 

Two high muck a mucks of the classical music, opera fans are in for a some delightful treat to their ears tomorrow!

 

Wait, there’s more to this curtain-raiser, as Hollywood superstar Will Smith and Nicky Jam are also going to perform the competition’s official song, ‘Live it up’. Over 500 dancers and gymnastics would be gyrating along in the background. The new FIFA anthem had polarising opinions among the fan base, as the likes of Wavin’ Flags, Waka Waka and We are one, the official songs of the 2010 and 2014 World Cup respectively, had set the bar extremely high.

Nevertheless, the clip has surpassed 10 million mark since its launch on 8 June 2018, and would be performed live as it’s the tradition at the World Cups.

Brazil legend Ronaldo is set to be present for the ceremony too, although his programme for the opening day is quite unclear.

 

Betting Odds:

 

Brazil are heavy favourites to go all the way and are placed at 4/1. Germany are 9/2 odds on favourite to retain the prize.

 

Why not check out our free bets, daily betting tips and tournament predictions while you’re here to see what our expert tipsters have in line for you!

 

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