Kelly Clarkson & Peyton Manning Set to Transform NBC’s Paris Olympics Kickoff

Kelly Clarkson & Peyton Manning Set to Transform NBC’s Paris Olympics Kickoff

Singer Kelly Clarkson & Peyton Manning are set to bring a fresh perspective to NBC Universal’s coverage of the upcoming Paris Olympics. They will join veteran host Mike Tirico in hosting the opening ceremony, scheduled to air live on July 26 on NBC and Peacock at noon ET.

Manning, known for his illustrious football career with two Super Bowl wins, expressed his excitement, saying, “I’m extremely honored to have a front row seat.” He also acknowledged stepping out of his comfort zone, noting, “Kelly and I are both fans of the athletes and the opening ceremony of years past.” Manning added, “I look forward to finding out those stories between now and July and maybe sharing that with the audience.”

Clarkson, a multi-Grammy and Emmy winner through her talk show “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” echoed Manning’s sentiments, expressing her admiration for the athletes and their journeys to the Olympics. Tirico emphasized the authenticity of the hosting trio, stating, “Our goal and desire is for Peyton and Kelly to be Peyton and Kelly. Just be who they are.”

The trio will be stationed at the Trocadero near the ceremony’s finish, offering views of the Seine River and Eiffel Tower. Organizers revealed that the ceremony, held during sunset, marks the first time an Olympic opening ceremony will take place outside a stadium setting, aligning with the Paris organizers’ motto: “Games Wide Open.”

About 10,500 athletes are expected to parade through the heart of Paris on boats along a 6-kilometer route along the Seine River. “Today” show hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will report from a bridge along the route, capturing the pageantry of the ceremony as the athletes sail by.

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Molly Solomon, executive producer and president of NBC Olympics Production, expressed excitement about the hosting team, emphasizing their unique perspectives. She stated, “They’re really going to contribute from a very unique perspective. It’ll be a great experience.”

When will the Paris Olympics opening ceremony air?

The live coverage will air on July 26 at noon ET on NBC and Peacock.

Who will host the opening ceremony?

Kelly Clarkson, Peyton Manning, and Mike Tirico are set to host the event.

The unconventional approach to the opening ceremony, featuring celebrity hosts and held along the Seine River, could set a new standard for future Olympics events, blending sports and cultural celebration.

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