In March 2020, Gal godot He practically gathered a group of his famous friends, including Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Leslie Odom Jr., other Mark Ruffalo, and made sure that a version out of tune by John Lennon and By Yoko Ono The 1971 song “Imagine” will always be associated with the miserable and confusing first weeks of quarantine for pop culture watchers around the world.
The Tokyo Olympics apparently found some inspiration in the eyebrow-raising video, and at Friday’s Opening Ceremonies, he gathered his own international group of musicians to sing the same song. Angelique Kidjo, John Legend, Alejandro Sanz, other Keith Urban sang in a significantly more produced pre-recorded performance, arranged by the Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, which aired near the end of the ceremony.
Following a procession of athletes and support personnel from 205 countries, who participated in orchestral versions of video game theme songs, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, and the Final Fantasy series, a series of moderated performances took place. in front of the empty seats. Wig-clad dancers unfurled a flag and 1,800 illuminated drones hovered over the stadium, arranged in the shape of the Games logo and, finally, on a globe. A children’s choir began to sing “Imagine”, before Kidjo took over a white ensemble. Although there were no spectators present, 950 VIP guests have been invited to the games, including the First Lady. Jill Biden, who heads the United States delegation.
Technically, the Olympics came to the song before Gadot. It has appeared at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Games and the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang and is emerging as something of an Olympic Games anthem. “If the Games were a song, ‘Imagine’ would be the song,” said one of this year’s organizers, according to NBC. Savannah Guthrie. It is a slightly strange choice: what would be the meaning of the Olympic Games if, as the lyrics ask us to consider, there were no countries? Still, there is nothing like a callback to those days in March 2020, when celebrities were trying to discover the new social order together with everyone else, to remind the world that we really are all in this together.
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