Olympics Opening Ceremony 2018: Latest Rumors, Musical Acts and Schedule Info

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2018

Members of the Finland Olympic Team gather during a welcome ceremony inside the Gangneung Olympic Village prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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The opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics takes place on Friday, as the eyes of the world fall on Pyeongchang, South Korea.

A newly built temporary Olympic Stadium has been created for ceremonial purposes, but the venue will not host any sporting events.

Rumours have surfaced about who will be performing at the opening event, with the host nation lining up a number of domestic acts.

Full schedule information for the Games can be found at Pyeongchang 2018's official website.

Here is how you can watch the opening ceremony:

                  

Start Date: Friday, Feb. 9

Time: 11 a.m (GMT)/6 a.m (ET)

TV: NBC Universal (U.S.), BBC and Eurosport (UK)

StreamNBC OlympicsBBC iPlayer

              

Acts Rumoured To Be Appearing

Opening ceremonies can be long affairs for TV viewers, but the musical acts on offer add to the spectacle and formalities.

The action is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (GMT)/6 a.m. (ET), as all the nations competing are introduced to the crowd in attendance. 

Organisers have tried to keep the names of appearing acts a secret, but rumours have surfaced about those reportedly involved.

As one of South Korea's biggest names, Insooni is expected to perform, according to Jim Sheridan of The Sun.

Korean outlet YTN Star and newspaper Korea Joongang Daily (h/t Jim SheridanThe Sun) reported Ha Hyun Woo and Ahn Ji-young are set to take the stage.

Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press

Woo features for indie rock band Guckkasten, with Ahn of K-Pop sensation Bolbbalgan4 (also known as Bolbbalgan Sachungi). Insooni is the voice behind the Games' anthem, entitled "Let Everyone Shine," and her appearance will be eagerly anticipated.

Per the Telegraph, the artistic contributions will follow the initial pageantry, as the president of South Korea opens the Games after the arrival of each team to the arena. This will then be followed by the raising of the Olympic flag and the conclusion of the Olympic torch relay.

According to Jamie Teather of the London Evening Standard, the opening ceremony will be based around the virtues of peace.

North Korea will march side by side with the hosts as a show of unity.

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