American pop star Jason Derulo was forced to pull out of his performance at the World Cup opening ceremony due to travel problems.
The 28-year-old was supposed to be singing the tournament’s official song in front of 80,000 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
But those in attendance for the Russia versus Saudi Arabia clash had to miss out on Derulo after he was delayed en route to the capital.
That left Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina to headline the event to millions around the world.
Derulo had previously stated he would sing his new song “Colors” at the ceremony and would use his visit to try and find a girlfriend.
The superstar, who has sold over 50 million singles globally, released Fifa’s official World Cup song on his YouTube channel earlier this year.
He also appeared at Russia’s official welcoming of the trophy at Gorky Park in Moscow and said he would be back for the big kick-off.
Derulo also revealed to the Metro that he was looking to meet a new female companion while in the Soviet state.
He said: “As a footballer, you get to date all the, hopefully, beautiful women. It’s one of the perks of the job, but I am sure they work hard.”