D-3 before the opening of the World Cup in Qatar. Sunday November 20 should be, as with each edition of this football high mass, the occasion for a celebration with great pomp. But there is a catch: no artist has yet been announced. And the pressure stars refuse one after the other to participate in the event, for fear of sullying their image.
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So far, according to “Variety” magazine, only South Korean BTS singer Jung Kook has been confirmed as a participant in the big football party. Robbie Williams, long announced as one of the artists on the bill, has still not given his official decision.
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“I will not play”
It was Dua Lipa who opened the ball, Sunday, November 13. When rumors announced her presence in Doha, the 27-year-old singer quickly cut her short. ” I look forward to visiting Qatar when they have fulfilled all the human rights commitments they made when they won the hosting of the World Cupe,” she wrote on social media.
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The question of respect for human rights in Qatar has crystallized criticism from NGOs on the sidelines of this first World Cup organized in an Arab country, in particular on the living conditions of workers on the construction sites of the competition.
“There is currently a lot of speculation about my participation in the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar. I will not play and I have not participated in any negotiations to play”, said the British star to 87.4 million followers on Instagram, slipping a little word for his country, qualified for the World Cup: “ I will cheer on England from afar “.
“It’s not good to go there”
Same story for crooner Rod Stewart, who refused to participate in the opening ceremony in Doha. “I was actually offered a lot of money, over a million dollars, to play there 15 months ago. I refused. It’s not good to go there. The Iranians were also to be ostracized for supplying arms. You know what, fans have to be careful, don’t you think? »the raspy-voiced rocker told the “Sunday Times.”
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According to information broadcast by the Spanish channel Telecinco on Tuesday, November 15, Colombian singer Shakira, who had opened previous editions in Germany in 2006, South Africa in 2010 and Brazil in 2014, also declined the invitation.
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Despite the insistent rumours, the interpreter of “Waka-Waka” had never confirmed his presence. It remains to be seen whether the pop star will still make the trip to Qatar during the World Cup. According to Telecinco, his name is well on the list of invited artists.
Beyond this inaugural ceremony, concerts will be organized throughout the duration of the World Cup, from November 20 to December 18. And big names have, despite all the controversy, decided to make the trip. This is the case for example of Gims, Black Eyed Peas, Post Malone, Robbie Williams, Maroon 5, Major Lazer, Fatboy Slim or David Guetta.