SOCHI, Russia -- Television viewers tuning in for the 2014 Sochi Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night should not expect a reprise of the 2012 London Games opener.
In other words, there will be no Paul McCartney singing "Hey Jude."
"Unfortunately, we cannot boast a plethora of famous, world-known pop stars," producer Konstantin Ernst said. "This is why were are now focusing on what Russia is best known for musically around the world -- namely classical music."
Sochi organizers have kept a tight lid on preparations, but let a few details slip Friday morning.
The program calls for a journey through Russian history, a story told in 18 episodes. Famed soprano Anna Netrebko will sing the Olympic anthem.
Ernst also hinted that the most boring part of any opening ceremony -- the parade of nations -- might be abbreviated with athletes emerging from beneath the stage at the center of Fisht Olympic Stadium.