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Spice Girls, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, One Direction & More British Stars bring the London 2012 Olympics to a Smashing End

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London brought the curtains down with a musical mishmash of eras and styles on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday night.

The closing ceremony witnessed performances from familiar music icons, including the Pet Shop Boys, the reunited-for-a-night Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Ray Davies, Fatboy Slim and singer George Michael, who was making his first live appearance since recovering from pneumonia last year.

Organizers estimated 300 million or more were watching around the world and 80,000 fans were at Olympic Stadium stomping, cheering and singing along to what was described as “A Symphony of British Music”.

Sixteen days of gold, silver and bronze were celebrated in the three-hour concert. Sound waves washed over the crowd, carrying a hopeful message as the flame was extinguished at midnight.

The ceremony also featured the official handover to Brazil, hosts of the 2016 Summer Games.

That will mark the first time a South American country is hosting the Olympic Games, and Rio had its eight minutes in the spotlight in the closing ceremony. Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, handed the Olympic flag to IOC President Jacques Rogge, who then presented it to Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro.

Britain was indeed a spectacular host for the world games and the London 2012 Olympics would not be forgotten in a hurry.

In the words of the London organizing committee chief Sebastian Coe “We lit the flame, and we lit up the world. When our time came, Britain, we did it right.”

Spice Girls

Emma Bunton of The Spice Girls

Victoria Beckham

Brian May of Queen performs alongside Jessie J

George Michael Performing

One Direction

What are your thoughts on Britain’s hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games? How would you rate the overall games and the closing ceremony?

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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

25 Comments

  1. Ama

    August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    first…yaaay!

  2. LPS

    August 13, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Congrats to US for a successful World hosting..hehehe
    http://personalstuvs.blogspot.com

  3. Abs

    August 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Beautiful closing ceremony but loads of boring rock songs. Yaaay Ama you’re so first. Come here for a Brazilian hair. lol 🙂

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    • niger brit girl

      August 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      just because you don’t like rock music doesn’t mean its boring 🙂

  4. olabisi

    August 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

    So far the best ever Olympic.

  5. Demmy

    August 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

    The Spice Girls,Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and One Direction killed it for me. It was AMAZING!!!

  6. Chattyzee

    August 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

    and now, the journey to Rio 2016 begins….
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  7. Anonymous

    August 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    lovely olympics closure. i wish i was there live.

  8. why not own ur blog?

    August 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    About $14 billion was spent in hosting the London olympics!SMH

  9. onyii

    August 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    interesting

  10. YummyMummy

    August 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    couldnt finish watching cos it was boring to me and sucks,thankfully I recorded the opening ceremony,watched that after wards.Olympics has been great!! so much Olympic fever in London…the air was exciting and the Buzz,cant ask for more.So what happens after olympic? Tv will be so boring.

    • Pendo

      August 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      you have the paraolympics to look forward to i think they start on the 29th of August:) Disability is not inability as proven by the paraolympic athletes

  11. annie

    August 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Spice girls woohoo!! they killed their performance all of dem looking fit,mel b is fierce!! u see o dey allowed their british singers perform.if it was in Nigeria now dey hosted the olympics they wouldnt let our Nigerian singers perform at closing ceremoney.They’ll bring rick ross when we have oliver d’coque.

    • molarah

      August 14, 2012 at 9:06 am

      gee if they do that now you’ll say they are being racist.

  12. Princess of Zion

    August 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    London did a great job! It was absolutely amazing and the atmosphere and buzz here was great! I thank God there were no terrorist attacks and the coming together of 204 nations was inspiring! Congratulations to the USA on their win and China for coming second; that is truly amazing! China excels in absolutely everything! GB, third is great considering 16years ago, we only scored one medal! Good job everyone
    It is Celebration of Marriage week; appreciate your spouse this week!
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  13. ola

    August 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Very interesting show. Can Nigeria organise this type of event?

  14. Pendo

    August 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    i was dozing off until the spice girls woke me up the closing ceremony was ok nothing to sing home about i guess i keep comapring it to Beijing 2008 hopefully Rio2016 will be better. I fear for the brazilian girls hair though lol

  15. winnie

    August 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    @LPS ,Olympic happend in London (Britain) not US!

  16. @ajiriavae

    August 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I loved every moment of it. So many songs I haven’t heard in years. So many stars from way back when. So British. We all have to confess, the 60s and 70s belonged to the British and who knows, maybe they can reclaim the top spot after this. If nothing else, it will help bring life back into their economy.
    http://ajiristyle.blogspot.com/

  17. naijasportsgists

    August 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    The closing ceremony was breathtaking but I am not happy Naija didn’t win a single medal.
    http://naijasportsgists.wordpress.com/

  18. Myne Whitman

    August 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Awesome performances, totally British. They nailed it!

  19. bbb

    August 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    it was boring o…!!! slept off… did not even get to the part of spice girls…. miss Olympics already…. feel sad Nigeria didn’t win anything….

  20. AB

    August 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I am just glad all the hoola boola is over jare! I don’t like international competitive sports and I never spent 1 day watching the olympics, neither the opening ceremony, the actual competitions nor the ending ceremony. I might go on youtube to watch the spice girls’ performance but that is about it.

  21. mua

    August 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    It was awesome. enjoyed every bit of it. but i suggest Nigerians contestants should come back by sea. #hehehehe#

  22. gee

    August 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    kinda boring but not bad as some people talked. but its all over. they could ve removed flags of countries without a single medal. #thinking aloud#

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