Brazil's World Cup Kicks Off

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 06/12/2014 - 01:14 am

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The Opening Ceremony of the World Cup, like the event itself, is both widely anticipated and already controversial.

At least it won't be boring.

Set to debut a little less than two hours before Brazil and Croatia, the Opening Ceremony should be a party like only Brazil can throw. Let's take a look at what you can expect from the event.

So, what can we expect from the opening ceremony?


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'The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people football,' said the show’s Belgian artistic director Daphne Cornez, after overseeing another of the many rehearsals that will take place this month. 'The sense of excitement here is amazing and everyone is very motivated. It doesn’t matter whether they’re feeling tired or hot sometimes or if they have to go through routines again and again: they just keep on smiling. It’s amazing.'

Each of the country’s treasures is represented in the show by characters and props. The focal point of the show is a central, “living” LED ball made up of more than 90,000 light clusters producing a luminance of 7,000 Nits.

While the ceremony will last 25 minutes, the organisers estimate that 20 hours of preparation will go into each of those minutes, with around 84 hours of rehearsals taking place before the big day.

Highlighting the ceremony will be a performance from musical artists "Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and massed ranks of samba dancers, capoeira performers and Salvadorean drummers," according to Jonathan Watts of the Guardian.

The duo will likely be performing the official World Cup song, "We Are One (Ole Ola)," which also features Brazilian artist Claudia Leitte. But that song has been at the center of controversy itself, as the Associated Press writes (via Billboard):

Although Brazilian Claudia Leitte is also featured in the official theme, critics say they don't understand why Cuban-American rapper Pitbull and Bronx-born Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez were chosen for the song when there are so many other great musicians in the land of Bossa Nova.

They also complain that the song is mostly in English and Spanish, leaving only a few seconds at the end for Leitte to sing in her native Portuguese.


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Of course, J-Lo was almost a no-show. FIFA officials had announced she was backing out of the performance, citing "production issues," but a representative for Lopez told Sheila Cosgrove Baylis of People said she would indeed be performing:

Jennifer has always wanted to participate in the World Cup opening ceremonies. We have been trying to work out scheduling and logistics. Any statements to the contrary were premature. Jennifer would not want to disappoint her fans or fans of futbol. She will be there.

Don't be fooled by the production issues she's got, she's still Jenny from the block. Or something like that. bleacher report