It’s going to be another 4 years before we have to be annoyed at the way NBC chooses to cover the games. The London Olympics went out with a bigger bang than the opening ceremony came in with, at least there wasn’t any of Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira‘s inane commentary. Oh wait, we got it from Bob Costas and Ryan Seacrest. Sigh, anyways.
While some thought it was a bit lackluster, I enjoyed most of it, but also felt like some things didn’t quite flow right. Maybe we can blame that on NBC too, they cut out Kate Bush‘s part of the show, but did show Emeli Sande who kicked things off with a cover of “Read All About It” with the stage covered in newspaper. We also didn’t get to see Muse over here in the states either. If they performed their new hot mess of a song, I don’t think it was much of a loss.
The closing ceremony also featured British boy bands Take That and One Direction hitting the Union Jack shaped stage.
George Michael performing his hit ‘Freedom ’90’ and Annie Lennox who had one of the more elaborate setups.
The Who‘s Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey did a medley of their hits…
…with Kaiser Chiefs covering “Pinball Wizard” coming in on the back of scooters.
Then “Tell me whatcha want–whatcha really really want!!”
Artists riding on the back of moving vehicles seemed to be the only theme of the event, with the Spice Girls riding around the stadium on cabs designed to fit their individual personalities. It was what everyone was waiting to see and they did not disappoint.
We were particularly fond of Victoria Beckham‘s black Giles Deacon dress.
Another highlight for me was the parade of models after the David Bowie tribute. We know David couldn’t be bothered to show up because he was somewhere being fabulous with Iman, but the graphics in the stadium were amazing to watch. Britain’s most famous supermodels arrived in trucks baring their images, shot by famed photographer Nick Knight.
Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn and the only male among the group, David Gandy stomped to Bowie’s “Fashion” decked out in British designers like Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood’s Gold Label, Paul Smith, Burberry, Stella McCartney and of course, Victoria Beckham. (Was the “nod” part of her agreeing to participate in the reunion? Hmmmm.) Mick and Jerry’s daughter, Georgia May Jagger stunned us in a short, gold VB dress.
It was a great night for us 90s kids, who didn’t sing along to “Wonderwall” performed not by Oasis but Liam Gallagher‘s new band, Beady Eye?? I did see a couple of complaints on Twitter about Jessie J dominating the last part of the show; she did at least three songs. I might get stoned for saying I actually enjoyed Jessie, Taio Cruz and Tinie Tempah doing the Bee Gees‘ “You Should Be Dancing.” It was her singing with Queen that really seemed to piss people off.
Jessie’s not Freddie, no one will ever be Freddie, and as much as I do like Jessie, the performance of “We Will Rock You” would have been more than fine with just a video of Mr. Mercury and Brian May and the rest of the band playing along.
As with every closing ceremony, the next host city for the Olympics gives us a taste of what’s to come. Rio de Janeiro put on a hell of a show featuring model Alessandra Ambrosio samba dancing with soccer star Pele and an interesting street cleaner.
Although, it would have been great to have the next Olympics in Chicago because you know Kanye would rock–we look forward to the 2016 Games in Rio and more sexy athletes!
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