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Qatar pulled out the big guns to open the 2022 World Cup … hiring Morgan Freeman to share some words of wisdom and a BTS member to sing us toward kickoff.

South Korean pop star Jung Kook sang Dreamers, the tournament song, alongside Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi at the stadium in Al Khor.

BTS Jungkook‘s performance was more straightforward and traditional … he did a showstopping number of ‘Dreamers’ alongside Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi, with a lot of dancers/ production value behind ’em, similar to how a lot of the WC opening ceremonies have been.

With just under 90 minutes remaining until the opening match of the tournament, the ceremony kicked off with Oscar-winning actor Freeman narrating a video about football’s ability to unite.

The build-up to the first World Cup to be held in a Muslim country in the Middle East has been overshadowed by a number of controversies, including deaths of migrant workers and treatment of LGBT people in Qatar.

Persuading Morgan Freeman to narrate the show live in the stadium felt like a real coup. The mix of traditional and modern elements was seamless, featuring mascots and songs from previous World Cups a nice touch.

An appearance from South Korea’s K-pop megastar Jung Kook brought the youngsters to their feet but the biggest cheer was for the emir of Qatar when he arrived and waved to the crowd.

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