World Cup 2014 Draw: The Celebrities and Musical Acts Who'll Perform
On Friday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. GMT; 11 a.m. ET), the draw for the 2014 World Cup will be staged at the Costa do Sauipe resort in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
As we have learnt over the years, FIFA like to make a huge spectacle out of an event that is essentially 32 coloured balls being pulled from clear bowls.
The draw is usually preceded and proceeded by celebrities and world famous musical acts, who are sometimes even involved in the draw itself.
Here are the hosts, celebrity guests, music and world football stars you can look forward to next week.
The 90-minute draw programme will be presented by two of Brazil's most famous actors, one of whom is Fernanda Lima.
The 36-year-old has many talents: Aside from several TV and movie acting roles, Lima is a model, fashion designer and restaurateur. She got her big break on Brazilian MTV and is a well-known Gremio fan.
Joining Fernanda for presenting duties is actor, model and TV presenter Rodrigo Hilbert—who just happens to be her husband.
This is not the first time the couple have teamed up in the name of FIFA: They hosted the launch event of the 2014 World Cup in Johannesburg in 2010 and also the preliminary draw in Rio de Janeiro in July 2011.
Once described as the Aretha Franklin of Brazilian music, Margareth Menezes is one of the biggest proponents of Axe music, which fuses the Afro-Caribbean styles of Marcha, Reggae and Calypso. She will be one of the star performers at the draw.
Menezes—who hails from Salvador, about an hour south of the draw venue—has been releasing music since 1988 and is perhaps best known for her hit "Dandalunda."
Also performing at the ceremony are Olodum, the percussion-based samba reggae group who also hail from Bahia.
In Brazil, Olodum are best known for their participation in the Carnival festivities. Elsewhere, they are recognised for their performances with Paul Simon, and for their appearance in Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us" music video.
Emicida, or Leandro Roque de Oliveira to his friends, is a hip hop MC from Sao Paulo. He is considered to be the leading figure in the Brazilian hip hop genre.
The 28-year-old started his career in the early '90s, but released his first studio album O Glorioso Retorno de Quem Nunca Esteve Aqui (The Glorious Return of Who Was Never Here) earlier this year.
The Official 2014 World Cup Song
In the past, the official World Cup song has been handled by the likes of Shakira, Anastasia and Il Divo. In 2014, the job shall fall to Ricky Martin, the man responsible for the 1998 World Cup anthem "The Cup of Life."
Sadly, we will not hear Mr. Martin perform the new song at the draw, because it hasn't been selected yet. The Puerto Rican singer is one of the judges in a SuperSong competition that will choose the official song in February.
The Football Legends
The balls will be drawn by World Cup winners from the eight nations that have won the 19 previous iterations of the World Cup.
According to The Metro, the ball handlers will include Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Mario Kempes, Lothar Matthaus, Zinedine Zidane and Sir Geoff Hurst.
The draw itself will be conducted by FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke.
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