JO 2024: Opening ceremony of the Games: David Guetta gets a cold shoulder

JO 2024: Opening ceremony of the Games: David Guetta gets a cold shoulder
JO 2024: Opening ceremony of the Games: David Guetta gets a cold shoulder

“A number of album sales” is not a sufficient criterion for participating in the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics, attacked Thomas Jolly, artistic director of the ceremonies, in response to DJ David Guetta, angry at not being called.

“You don’t make an artistic direction simply based on the number of album sales, in reality,” Thomas Jolly told the press during a meeting about the Olympic Games on Wednesday evening.

“I have nothing against David Guetta or anyone else. I’m not here to give my tastes (…) And David Guetta, quite simply, what he develops as art was not in relation to what we wanted to tell.”

The internationally acclaimed DJ was irritated at not being asked to perform at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 26. “If you have the answer, you’re going to give it to me. Because I didn’t understand it at all,” David Guetta told an AFP correspondent before his concert at the Château de Chambord last weekend. “I’m still between the 4th and 15th most listened to artist in the world,” he insisted.

The casting for this ceremony is still being kept secret. Aya Nakamura, whose name has been circulating insistently in recent weeks, will be dressed in Dior, according to a source close to the matter. According to “Le Canard enchaîné”, Céline Dion is also expected but her participation depends on her state of health.

Only about ten people know the exact scenario of the 3h45 show, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. and aims to “break the codes” by taking place for the first time outside a stadium, along the Seine, according to the Games Organizing Committee.

Some 3,000 dancers, musicians, actors and circus performers will take over the banks and bridges on a six-kilometre route, along which 326,000 spectators are expected. Between 6,000 and 7,000 athletes (out of a total of 10,500) will parade on 85 boats. More than a billion viewers could follow this unique show.

The soundtrack for the ceremony includes creations by musical director Victor Le Masne, mixing pop, symphony orchestra, choirs and electro loops typical of the “French Touch”. It will also draw on “other registers”, according to Thomas Jolly, who is not revealing anything but for whom “France is Jul, Edith Piaf and Natalie Dessay”.

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