World Cup: Jennifer Lopez out of opening ceremony

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Pop superstar Jennifer Lopez has pulled of the World Cup opening ceremony in , FIFA said Sunday, four days before the kicks off.

Lopez, who recorded the World Cup song, “We Are One,” rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, had been due perform them at the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo but had cancel, said the governing body.

“For production issues, Jennifer Lopez, one of the artists of the song ‘We Are One,’ will not be able perform at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony,” said in a .

The 25-minute ceremony will feature 600 artists including acrobatic gymnasts, trampolinists, marshal arts-style capoeira performers and stilt walkers.

The grand finale will be a of “We Are One” — minus Lopez — accompanied by Brazilian drumming collective Olodum.

Pitbull did not let J-Lo’s withdrawal dampen enthusiasm.

be performing ‘We Are One’ the world, especially in such a beautiful country like , is going to be a lot of fun. But more than this, is going to show the world music is the universal language,” he said in a released by FIFA.

Lopez also missed the January event where Pitbull and Leitte unveiled for the song alongside FIFA officials in Rio de Janeiro.

More than 60,000 people will be in Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena to watch the ceremony and kick-off match between and Croatia. Around a billion people are expected to tune in on TV worldwide.
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