“I thought I was legitimate”: Matt Pokora disappointed not to participate in the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympics

“I thought I was legitimate”: Matt Pokora disappointed not to participate in the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympics
“I thought I was legitimate”: Matt Pokora disappointed not to participate in the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympics

Matt Pokora, icon of the French music scene, revealed during an interview with BFMTV his disappointment at not having been asked for the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympic Games.

“I would have liked to do it, it was not offered to me”, he confided. The 38-year-old singer, known for his numerous hits and his spectacular stage performances, had prepared a piece especially for this event, entitled “At your place, at my place”. This title, in collaboration with the Congolese artist Fally Ipupa, is intended to be a hymn to communion and sharing, intrinsic values ​​of the Olympic Games. “The goal is for everyone to make it their own“, explained Matt Pokora, adding that this piece is designed to make people dance and unite people.

With the expected influx of 15 million tourists to Paris for the Games, the artist saw this song as a unique opportunity to promote these values ​​on a global stage. “That’s sport, that’s the Olympics, that’s sharing“, he enthused.

The interpreter of “If we said” did not hide his frustration, considering himself legitimate for such an event. “I thought I was legitimate for this kind of big event, big ceremony… But that’s life!”he declared, before recalling that he is “renowned for being perhaps the singer closest to the world of sport, and certainly the one who has given the biggest stage performances for 15, 20 years now”.

The controversy surrounding the opening ceremony

The controversy is growing around the selection of artists for the opening ceremony. Aya Nakamura would have been chosen to host this prestigious event. President Emmanuel Macron would have personally proposed to the interpreter of “Djadja” to perform, a decision which was not unanimous, particularly within the political class. Marion Maréchal and Marine Le Pen, figures of the extreme right, expressed their disapproval of this choice.

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