Olympic host Bianca Jhordao had an idea, ran with it and has now left an indelible mark on the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.
Jhordao has written and produced “Let’s Get Into It,” a song set to the tune of “We Will Rock You” that tells audience members what to do – and not do – while attending various Olympic competitions. The lyrics advise fans to throw away their trash, put their cell phones on vibrate mode, and wear sunscreen, among other general housekeeping practices.
“We got the script of diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, and we had to deliver to the audience,” Jhordao explained on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “My producer, Rafael Terpins, is really involved with the hip-hop scene. After reading this script together, we realized that I should (try) singing (to the audience). Man, I really tried to get the rap thing together because the first idea was to rap the housekeeping (rules). After listening to Jay-Z for two weeks, I gave up the rap option. We wanted a song to engage the crowd, a clapping track. That’s how Queen song came up to us.”
Jhordao adapted the Queen classic to fit the Rio experience.
“In a way, it’s the closest rock and roll format to rap in history,” Jhordao said. “It’s a classic. It’s amazing. So, the first version was named ‘Let’s Dive into It’ with the diving competition in mind. That’s when we got the whole . . . idea of writing a song for housekeeping, and I recorded a melody with my phone.”
Jhordao produced the track in Sao Paulo and submitted it to the Olympic powers-that-be.
“We had a green light,” Jhordao said. “We were very excited. (They) suggested that we could change the lyrics to be more generic, more global, so that it could fit in any sport. So we changed it from ‘Let’s Dive into It’ to ‘Let’s Get Into It.’”