Qatar World Cup Opening Ceremony: Watch, live stream Korean pop star Jung Kook of BTS perform, start time

It’s finally time for the World Cup. The biggest football tournament is about to start Qatar hosting the FIFA World Cup on Sunday, November 20. But before Qatar and Ecuador take the field, the opening ceremonies must begin. Not only will it showcase the best of the 32 countries participating in the tournament, but the opening ceremony will also feature musical performances including a performance by BTS member Jungkook. The popular boy band has confirmed that their member will be among the performers at the opening ceremony, and that he will also be featured on the soundtrack.

Originally scheduled to start on November 21, the opening ceremony was moved a day earlier to allow hosts Qatar to start the tournament as is customary for the home nation, but the ceremony had to be at night due to the planned fireworks display. History will be made as not only is this the first Winter World Cup, but Jungkook will also become the first Korean to perform at the opening ceremony of the World Cup.

Along with Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi, Jungkook will perform the World Cup anthem, “Dreamers.”

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How to watch

  • The date: Sunday, November 20 | Time: 9:30 a.m. ET
  • Location: Al Bayt Stadium — Al Khor, Qatar
  • TV: FS1 | Live Streaming: fuboTV (try free)

Who else will perform?

Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi will also perform at the opening ceremony. He is also a producer, model and human rights activist, and the organizers of the ceremony put the message of encouraging dialogue about inclusion and diversity in the foreground. However, after the president of FIFA Gianni Infantino’s speech on Saturdaythat may be easier said than done.

“Today I feel Qatari, I feel Arab, I feel African, I feel gay, I feel disabled, I feel like a migrant worker. We have learned many lessons from Europeans and the Western world. I am European. For what we have been doing for 3,000 years around the world, we should apologize for the next 3,000 years before we give moral lessons,” Infantino said. “If Europe really cares about the fate of these people, they can create legal channels like Qatar did where a certain number of these workers can come to Europe to work. Give them a future, hope.”

Atlanta rapper Lil Baby confirmed he will perform at the World Cup on Twitter, but most of the opening ceremony acts will be surprises. Lil Baby won the 2022 Grammy for Best Melodic Rap Performance for his Kanye West Hurricane film and has also been honored with an XXL Award, BET Awards and more. As the opening ceremony usually lasts about 30 minutes, there will likely be other people joining the seven-act program.

Rejections and other performance rumors

According to reports, Shakira who headlined the past World Cups was supposed to perform but decided not to participate in the opening ceremony. Her song Waka Waka took a place in our memories from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Dua Lipa was also rumored to be involved, but she released a statement on Instagram.

“There is a lot of speculation right now that I will be performing at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar. I will not be performing nor have I been involved in any negotiations to perform,” Dua Lipa said at the show. “I will cheer England from afar and I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights promises it made when it won the right to host the World Cup.”

World Cup schedule

After the tournament kicks off on Sunday, Monday the 21st will really kick off with three matches, including the USMNT vs Wales at 14:00 For USMNT schedule click hereand be sure to check it out complete schedule of the World Cup also.

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