Robbie Williams avoids controversy with World Cup ceremony set-list

Robbie Williams avoids controversy with World Cup ceremony set-list

The 2018 World Cup begins today, but while many are waiting for the games to begin, others are looking forward to the opening ceremony.

Before the opening game between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, the 80,000 fans in attendance at Luzhniki Stadium were treated to a lively music and dance performance by United Kingdom pop star Robbie Williams.

The co-director of the opening ceremony will be my friend Ilya Averbukh, who has added new colour to the spectacle on the pitch.

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Robbie Williams got the ball rolling and the crowd pumping at the World Cup with a traditional glitzy opening ceremony in Moscow, though he couldn't avoid a bit of controversy. However, we were all reminded of him on Thursday when he made a decision to flip off cameras filming his opening ceremony performance ahead of the first World Cup game. Morocco and Iran play the Group B opener later in the afternoon with the eagerly anticipated game between European champions Portugal and 2010 world champions Spain in the evening.

That feeling would have been stronger had actor and rapper Will Smith appeared to perform the World Cup's official theme song, "Live It Up", which features Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi.

The 44-year-old opened with his 1998 single "Let Me Entertain You" at the start of proceedings after spending time on stage with former Brazil striker Ronaldo.

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Original Ronaldo was there, too, to complete the 90s throwback vibes, and supporting Robbie at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium was Russian soprano Aida Garifullina - along with hundreds of dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists. All of the World Cup games will be available here for soccer fans in the U.S. I love Saudi Arabia as well of course, but I would like Russian Federation to at least perform because the past games have not been very good.

British pop star Robbie Williams will be performing at the World Cup opening ceremony along with a series of musical acts. After it was announced that he would headline the Opening Ceremony, the British superstar faced some backlash from his own country.

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