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Spoiler alert: The secrets of the Rio Olympic Games 2016 opening ceremony revealed

13:40, Wednesday, 03 August, 2016
Spoiler alert: The secrets of the Rio Olympic Games 2016 opening ceremony revealed

The race towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is nearing the final straight and anticipation about the opening ceremony is at fever pitch.

An estimated 900 million people will watch the show on Friday night - but despite attempts to keep the details a secret, spectators who watched a full dress rehearsal yesterday have revealed details on social networking sites.

It emerged that supermodel Gisele Bundchen will put her acting skills to the test when she is 'mugged' in an elaborate scene that is a brutally honest reflection on life Rio de Janeiro, it has been reported.

Around three thousand guests were especially invited to watch the practice run of the highly-anticipated spectacular inside Rio's famous Maracana stadium, but were asked to 'save the surprise' by not taking photos or revealing details of the show.

Unfortunately, this request went ignored and pictures and descriptions were posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

The pictures show a series of stacked large screens at one end of the stadium, depicting a sea of faces in various different hues.

And Brazil's love affair with football also gets showcased, with one post showing the floor lit up with green and white pitch markings and a diamond-like structure that evokes the pattern of a football.

Opening ceremony director Fernando Meirelles reportedly shines a spotlight on the best of Brazil during the three-hour presentation - but doesn't shy away from describing the country's social problems either.

According to guests, during a section on the urbanisation of Brazil, spectators will hear a song describing Brazil's high number of road accident victims.

Then, as Gisele , the world's highest paid supermodel and one of Brazil's most famous stars, struts down a catwalk to the sound of a Brazilian bossa nova jazz classic The Girl From Ipanema, she is held up by an actor and robbed, according to internet posts.

A chase then takes place around the 78,000-seater stadium as police officers race to catch the assailant before.

During the show, music, dance and 3D projections will trace the history of Brazil, its music, conquests and contribution to the world, using a cast of 300 professional dancers and 5,000 volunteers.

It will include a flyover of a replica 14 Bis, the first biplane built by Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont.

Those who have seen the show have revealed that it starts with a call for peace, before moving through Brazil's jungles with the indigenous tribes to its cities and the colonisers - ending up in its slums for the main part of the ceremony.

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     OlympicsA leaked photo of the Rio Olympic Games 2016 opening ceremony

The race towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is nearing the final straight and anticipation about the opening ceremony is at fever pitch.

An estimated 900 million people will watch the show on Friday night - but despite attempts to keep the details a secret, spectators who watched a full dress rehearsal yesterday have revealed details on social networking sites.

It emerged that supermodel Gisele Bundchen will put her acting skills to the test when she is 'mugged' in an elaborate scene that is a brutally honest reflection on life Rio de Janeiro, it has been reported.

Around three thousand guests were especially invited to watch the practice run of the highly-anticipated spectacular inside Rio's famous Maracana stadium, but were asked to 'save the surprise' by not taking photos or revealing details of the show.


     Unfortunately, this request went ignored and pictures and descriptions were posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

The pictures show a series of stacked large screens at one end of the stadium, depicting a sea of faces in various different hues.

And Brazil's love affair with football also gets showcased, with one post showing the floor lit up with green and white pitch markings and a diamond-like structure that evokes the pattern of a football.

Opening ceremony director Fernando Meirelles reportedly shines a spotlight on the best of Brazil during the three-hour presentation - but doesn't shy away from describing the country's social problems either.


     According to guests, during a section on the urbanisation of Brazil, spectators will hear a song describing Brazil's high number of road accident victims.

Then, as Gisele , the world's highest paid supermodel and one of Brazil's most famous stars, struts down a catwalk to the sound of a Brazilian bossa nova jazz classic The Girl From Ipanema, she is held up by an actor and robbed, according to internet posts.

A chase then takes place around the 78,000-seater stadium as police officers race to catch the assailant before.

GettyGisele Bundchen walks the runwayGisele Bundchen walks the runway
     During the show, music, dance and 3D projections will trace the history of Brazil, its music, conquests and contribution to the world, using a cast of 300 professional dancers and 5,000 volunteers.

It will include a flyover of a replica 14 Bis, the first biplane built by Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont.

Those who have seen the show have revealed that it starts with a call for peace, before moving through Brazil's jungles with the indigenous tribes to its cities and the colonisers - ending up in its slums for the main part of the ceremony.


     But it will not be a 'chronological' piece, telling the tale of the arrival of Brazil's many different inhabitants over the years, director Leonardo Caetano insisted.

"It will be a reinterpretation of Brazil," he told the BBC.

"We will have a moment in which we will show... the Brazilian way of receiving people.

"The second is the 'Garden'. Brazil live on the largest green reserve in the world and this is an important issue for us.

"The third is about creativity, the Brazilians' ability to do more with less."

The latter part is important for Caetano to stress - Rio's Opening Ceremony does not have anywhere near the £31m budget of London's Danny Boyle 2012 spectacular.

However, the spectacle - five years in the planning - is not short on ambition. Some 400,000 hours have been put in already, with volunteers and professionals alike wearing 12,000 different costumes which used an impressive 22 miles of tissue, according to the BBC.

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     REUTERSAn aerial view shows the Christ the Redeemer statue with the Maracana stadiumAn aerial view shows the Christ the Redeemer statue with the Maracana stadium, where the opening cermony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be held, in Rio de Janeiro
     GettyBrazilian Air Force personnel stand guard at the arrival level of the Galeao International airportBrazilian Air Force personnel stand guard at the arrival level of the Galeao International airport
     On the night, the ceremony will use 2,000 light guns, 3,000 kilos of fireworks and 109 projectors to create its magic - not to mention the 12,000 athletes who will march into the stadium behind their own little samba bands, waving their countries' flags.

They will also be performing an important role, planting a sapling in a totem which will grow to become a forest of 12,000 trees in Deodoro Olympic Park, according to Globo.

The spectacle will also feature British actress Judi Dench, who will read a poem alongside Brazilian film and TV star Fernanda Montenegro. It is thought the theme will revolve around global problems.

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