Brittany Talarico
November 18, 2017 02:00 AM

This year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is set to be bigger than ever before. And that’s why the lingerie giant has cast four musical performers to hit the stage in Shanghai, China, alongside some of the world’s most famous models.

“We started booking our musical guests months ago when Harry Styles, international superstar, signed on,” Ed Razek, executive producer of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and chief creative officer at Victoria’s Secret, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.

“Also appearing are Grammy award-winning artist Miguel, Tony award-winning star of Hamilton Leslie Odom Jr., and Chinese sensation Jane Zhang. We are incredibly thrilled to have them with us.”

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Earlier this week, reports circulated that singer Katy Perry and model Gigi Hadid were denied the needed visas to gain entry to China and participate in this year’s show.

But according to Razek, the road to Shanghai and the welcome in China has been a harmonious one.

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“The news reports I’ve been reading from the US here in Shanghai regarding this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show are not an accurate reflection of what I’m seeing and experiencing on site,” he says. “This will, without question, be the biggest fashion event in history and our most ambitious show by far. The event is well in hand and coming together beautifully. We have more models than ever before – 55 representing 17 countries, and four world-class entertainers.”

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Razek adds: “The Chinese have been wonderful and enthusiastic hosts and partners. From granting more than 700 visas, collaborating with us on every detail and introducing us to local experts who have helped us elevate our event in this renowned fashion city. We appreciate their efforts and all they have done to make this event a success. We look forward to the live show Monday night and the international broadcast a week later.”

Karlie Kloss posing with Ming Xi and Sui He
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Among the 55 models is Karlie Kloss, who is making her big return to the Victoria’s Secret runway this year, joining Angel vets Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Stella Maxwell, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Taylor Hill and many more.

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Bella Hadid will also be hitting the catwalk for the second time (check out her debut here!), but this time without her sister Gigi, who addressed fans with the following Tweet: “I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can’t wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can’t wait for next year!”

So what can fans expect from the Shanghai catwalk? Catch a helpful by the numbers cheat sheet for the 2017 VS Fashion Show below:

• 55 models
• 20 countries represented
• 88 runway looks
• 37 set of wings
• Average Angel Height is 5-ft 10-in.
• The Angels walking in this year’s show have a combined total of over 143 million Instagram followers
• $2 million Champagne Nights Fantasy bra worn by Angel Lais Ribeiro featuring 6,000 precious gems including diamonds, yellow sapphires and blue topaz
• 32 makeup artists
• 27 hair stylists
• 11 manicurists using 75 bottles of Le Chat Nail polish
• 2,320 individual olive leaves were created by Kirk Maxson for Sanne Vloet’s wings in Goddesses
• Every look in the Porcelain Angel section has a hand-painted element

Tune in to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Tuesday, November 28, at 10 p.m. on CBS. 

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