World Cup 2010 opening ceremony: Who is performing?

The World Cup 2010 opening ceremony starts at 2 pm EST. Here's what you can expect, with a preview video of Shakira performing the World Cup theme song 'Waka Waka.'

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Performers line up during a dress rehearsal of the World Cup 2010 opening ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday.

The 2010 World Cup opening ceremony in South Africa kicks off today at 8 pm (2 pm EST) in Johannesburg.

Univision and ESPN2 will have coverage for American viewers.

Shakira is expected to perform the World Cup's theme song Waka Waka with the backup band Freshlyground (see video below). American performers Alicia Keys and the Black Eyed Peas are also expected to take the stage. Smaller, local acts will perform from 4 pm until 8 pm.

Check out the Monitor daily for your World Cup schedule (or download a PDF of the World Cup schedule from FIFA).

THURSDAY (June 10):

  • Opening Ceremony, 8 pm (2 pm EST)

FRIDAY (June 11):


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