London Olympics 2012 – Closing Ceremonies – Live Stream

Do you plan on watching the Olympic Closing Ceremonies? I do. So, I thought maybe some of you would want to watch with me.

NBC will stream the ceremony live, beginning at 4 pm ET. Click this link for Details. The only catch is that you have to be a cable subscriber.

UPDATE: TOTALLY recommend watching the BBC. Everything about the stream is better. Click to Watch the BBC

For everybody else, I’m planning on some of you being aware of rogue streams out on the internets. Feel free to post them in comments!

The theme of the ceremony is “A Symphony of British Music,” and will be based on 30 classic pieces, drected by David Arnold.

NBC has confirmed: Spice Girls, One Direction, The Who, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Jessie J, Taio Cruz, Take That, Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen, The Pet Shop Boys and Tinie Tempah.

Other acts reported to perform are Ray Davies, Muse and Take That.

The show will also feature speeches from Rio 2016 Olympics organizers, highlights from this summer’s games and the extinguishing of the Olympic flame.

NBC will air the closing ceremonies tonight beginning at 7 pm.

ETA: Yep NBC BUTCHERED the Closing Ceremony Sunday night. The network cut many performances including my favorite, Ray Davies and the OFFICIAL Olympic song, sung by Muse.  If you were looking forward to hearing George Micheal sing his new single–too bad for you.  The worst insult, was interrupting the  ceremony to air the execrable new series  Animal Doctor. Local news aired at it’s usual time and THEN viewers got to see The Who close the show.  Those who set their DVRs were screwed. #NBCFail.

Thanks to Mateja for live blogging! Here is the set list:

1. Emeli Sande – Read All About It (Part III)
2. Stomp! Choir – “Because” by The Beatles
3. Julian Lloyd Webber playing to Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill. “To be British, is to win the lottery of life”
4. Prince Harry of Wales and  Jacques Rogge from  Olympic committee arrive. UK national anthem “God Save The Queen”
5. Michael Caine, street party; group Madness performs ‘Our House’
6. Blur’s “Parklife”, performed by Queen’s Guard band
7. Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls”
8. One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful”
9. The Stomp
10. Spelbound (BGT winners) – “A Day in the Life” by The Beatles (NBC Cut)
11. Ray Davies (The Kinks) – “Waterloo Sunset” (NBC Cut)
12. Emeli Sande – Read All About It (Part III) (NBC Cut)
13. National flags and the athletes
14. Elbow – “Open Arms” & “One Day Like This”
15. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God remix 2012) (Not live) (NBC Cut)
16. Men’s Marathon Victory Ceremony, Uganda’s NA (NBC Cut)
17. Urban Voices Collective and the Dhol Foundation – “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, some appreciation for the volunteers (NBC Cut)
18. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Imagine” by John Lennon (performed by Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and Liverpool Signing Choir)
19. George Michael – “Freedom” & “White Light (NBC Cut “White Light”)
20. Kaiser Chiefs – “Pinball Wizard” (originally by The Who)
21. David Bowie – “Space Oddity”, “Changes”, “Ziggy Stardust”, “Jean Genie”, “Rebel Rebel”, “Diamond Dogs”, “Young Americans”, “Let’s Dance”, “Fashion” (not live) + British supermodels
22. Annie Lennox – “Little Bird”
23. Ed Sheeran – “Wish You Were Here”  (originally by Pink Floyd) with Nick Mason, Mike Rutherford and Richard Jones
24. Russell Brand sings “Pure Imagination” & “I Am The Walrus”
25. Fatboy Slim – “Right Here, Right Now” & Another Song
26. Jessie J – Price Tag
27. Tinie Tempah – Written In The Stars (feat. Jessie J)
28. Taio Cruz – “Dynamite” (written by Bonnie McKee and Dr Luke, so much for British music)
29. Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz – “You Should Be Dancing” (originally by Bee Gees)
30. Spice Girls – “Spice Up Your Life” & “Wannabe”
31. Liam Gallagher (Beady Eye) – “Wonderwall” (Oasis)
32. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
33. Eric Idle – “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”
34. Muse – “Survival” (NBC Cut)
35. Freddie Mercury (Old Wembley footage), Brian May and Roger Taylor – Brighton Rock , Queen – We Will Rock You (feat. Jessie J)
36. Speeches: Sebastian Coe, Jacques Rogge
37. Olympic Games are now closed.  Introduction of Brazil, who will host the 2016 games
38. Take That (minus Robbie Williams) – “Rule The World”
More fireworks.
39. Darcey Bussell (ballerina) – “Spirit Of The Flame” (NBC Cut)
Olympic flame is out.
40. The Who – “Baba O’Riley” , “See Me, Feel Me”, “Listening to You”, ” My Generation”  NBC interrupted the ceremony to air the horrible “Animal Practice”. THEN the local news. The Who didn’t air until MIDNIGHT.
More fireworks.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Ed Sheeran, Russell Brand, Liam Gallagher

  • Larc

    Would it kill NBC to broadcast it live?  Probably so since they wouldn’t be able to screw it up then.

  • Anonymous

    This is great on BBC One HD!

  • Mateja Praznik

    Here we go:

    1. Emeli Sande – Read All About It (Part III)

  • http://twitter.com/J_SanchezFans J SanchezFan Kaylo™
  • Anonymous

    I hate that stupid subscriber thing to watch. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of a live stream??? Oy. NBC you fail.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll watching on BBC – they had good commentary for the opening ceremony.
    http://tvpc.com/Channel.php?ChannelID=3

  • Mateja Praznik

    2. Stomp! Choir – “Because” by The Beatles
    3. Julian Lloyd Webber playing to Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill. “To be British, is to win the lottery of life”

  • Mateja Praznik

    4. Prince Harry of Wales and  Jacques Rogge from  Olympic committee arrive. UK national anthem “God Save The Queen”

    5. Michael Caine, street party; group Madness performs ‘Our House’

  • Anonymous

    Also, the sound is WAY BETTER. On the NBC feed, the acts all sound like they are performing underwater.

  • Mateja Praznik

    6. Blur’s “Parklife”, performed by Queen’s Guard band

    7. Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls”

    8. One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful”

  • Anonymous

    I have no idea why NBC doesn’t broadcast it live. Every other country is watching it live right now.

  • Mateja Praznik

    9. The Stomp

    10. Spelbound (BGT winners) – “A Day in the Life” by The Beatles

  • Anonymous

    Mateja! Thanks for liveblogging. Feel free to move everything up into the post. Just edit. I’m not going back in there.

  • Mateja Praznik

    11. Ray Davies (The Kinks) – “Waterloo Sunset”

    12. Emeli Sande – Read All About It (Part III)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “12. Emeli Sande – Read All About It (Part III)”

    I thought that this piece was well done.

  • Mateja Praznik

    13. National flags and the athletes

    14. Elbow – “Open Arms” & “One Day Like This”

  • Anonymous

    I think that they miscalculated how long it would take the athletes to walk into the stadium, but this scene is still incredible to watch.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Montages…

    Moving on, now “Running Up that Hill” by Kate Bush is played in the background now.

  • Mateja Praznik

    15. Men’s Marathon Victory Ceremony, Uganda’s NA

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The commentary is very good for the closing ceremonies as well.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I’m glad I’m watching this live.  NBC would probably cut out half of this.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I was so angry when they cut out a good portion of the opening ceremonies!

  • Mateja Praznik

    16. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, some appreciation for the volunteers

    17. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Imagine” by John Lennon

  • Anonymous

    I love that they’ve got John Lennon singing Imagine on the video screens. No one matches the original.

  • Mateja Praznik

    18. George Michael – “Freedom” & “White Light”

  • http://twitter.com/renataademelo Renata Melo

    Nervous! Vamos Brasil! #Rio2016

  • Anonymous

    UGH. BBC stream shut down. Here’s another one

    http://tvpc.com/Channel.php?ChannelID=9321 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pretty-Horsey/100002304831654 Pretty Horsey

    They should have skipped George’s second song

  • Anonymous

    Mine is still working for now… keeping yours in mind as a back up.

  • Mateja Praznik

    19. Kaiser Chiefs – “Pinball Wizard” (originally by The Who)

    20. David Bowie musical montage + British supermodels

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “18. George Michael – “Freedom” & “White Light””

    Great performance!

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Naomi Cambell!  Not only can she look FIERCE, she can beat the sh!t out of every last one of you with only her 6 inch stilettos!

  • Anonymous

    Annie Lennox as a vampire pirate queen? Awesome!

  • Mateja Praznik

    21. Annie Lennox – “Little Bird”

    22. Ed Sheeran – “Wish You Were Here” (originally by Pink Floyd)

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    OMG, the tightrope walker shakes hands with a dummy that catches fire!!!???? What does this mean????

  • Mateja Praznik

    23. Russell Brand sings “Pure Imagination” & “I Am The Walrus”

  • http://twitter.com/a_irizarry angel irizarry

     the album cover of that song

  • Mateja Praznik

    24.  Fatboy Slim – “Right Here, Right Now” & Another Song

    25. Jessie J – Price Tag

    26. Tinie Tempah – Written In The Stars (feat. Jessie J)

  • Mateja Praznik

    27. Taio Cruz – “Dynamite” (written by Bonnie McKee and Dr Luke, so much for British music)

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    dont think it matters who wrote the song, as he (Taio) is British… 1D’s song prob not written by British song writers

  • Mateja Praznik

    28. Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz – “You Should Be Dancing” (originally by Bee Gees)

  • Mateja Praznik

    29. Spice Girls – “Spice Up Your Life” & “Wannabe”

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    Thanks Angel!

  • Mateja Praznik

    30. Liam Gallagher (Beady Eye) – “Wonderwall” (Oasis)

  • Mateja Praznik

    31. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky

    32. Eric Idle – “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”

  • Anonymous

    I’m not even a 1D fan, but I can’t help but to be proud of them. They went from 5 random contestants on a reality show to performing for over a billion people all in two years. Not bad.

  • Anonymous

    This concert is great fun! It seems as though everyone in the stadium is having a ball.

  • Mateja Praznik

    33. Muse – “Survival”

    34. Freddie Mercury (Old Wembley footage), Brian May on guitar,  Queen – We Will Rock You (feat. Jessie J)

  • Mateja Praznik

    Dear Jessie, I appreciate your efforts, but …

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I have a bad feeling that NBC will edit the heck out of these closing ceremonies.

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    Please tell me Adele will close the night! I’ll be really disappointed is she’s not a part of it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So which acts who were advertised to perform haven’t performed yet?

    ETA: According to this article, there are a number of big acts yet to perform, but Adele isn’t one of them.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/london-olympics-closing-ceremony-to-feature-spice-girls-coldplay-one-direction-and-more/story-fnbk742t-1226448124980

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    was hoping Roger and Brian would’ve played ‘we are the champions’… seems a most fitting song for the occasion…

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Totes. I’m glad I’m watching this live.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I read that there is one “petal” flame for each country and a petal will be given to each country as a souvenir of the London games.

  • Mateja Praznik

    35. Closing Ceremony: National Anthem of Greece, Anthem of Olympic Games
    Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Jacques Rogge, Mayor of Rio,
    National Anthem of Brazil, 8 minutes of Rio with Brazilian artists. Alessandra Ambrosio, Pele, fireworks

    Speeches: Sebastian Coe, Jacques Rogge

    Olympic Games are now closed.

    36. Take That (minus Robbie Williams) – “Rule The World”

    More fireworks.

    37. Darcey Bussell (ballerina) – “Spirit Of The Flame”

    Olympic flame is out.

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    My tv says this ends at 7:00pm, I think it’s going overtime

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think so. I also notice that NBC has only allotted 2 1/2 hours for their broadcast of the closing ceremonies, so they will be cutting out quite a bit (unless they go overtime).

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    Looks,  like The Who is closong the show.  That union jack stage kicked butt!

  • Mateja Praznik

     38. The Who – “Baba O’Riley” & “My Generation” & more

    More fireworks. Okay, this must be it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So Coldplay didn’t perform. I wonder if Adele was asked to perform? I thought that she was noticeably absent from the festivities.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Coldplay must be touring. And Adele is pregnant.

  • Anonymous

    The closing ceremony took just over 3 hours.  

    NBC has 2 hours and 28 minutes budgeted to it (including commercials), with the rest of the night devoted to Bob Costas+Ryan Seacrest discussing Olympic Highlights (90 minutes) and a 30-minute long sitcom preview.  

    I watched the livestream, but I might tune in just out of morbid curiosity to see how badly they cut things.

  • Mateja Praznik

     I’m so grateful for Slovenian national broadcaster. We got to see the whole thing, with NO commercial breaks and only one commentator talking at appropriate times.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Me too. I’m curious about the kind of commentary that Ryan will provide.

  • Anonymous

    During the opening ceremonies, volunteers carried those petals out when each of the countries were announced.  They were walking beside the flag bearers.  I don’t think that the NBC broadcast mentioned that.

    Their cauldron was so much better than the one that we had in Atlanta, and it was meaningful.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    You’re right, Coldplay just ended their NA tour on August 11 in Minnesota, so probably couldn’t make it to London in time to perform.

    http://concerttour.org/coldplay-books-2012-north-american-tour-dates.php

    Despite this article speculating that Adele would perform in the closing ceremonies, it also states that her baby is due in September, so I’m not surprised that she didn’t perform.

    http://hollywoodlife.com/2012/08/10/adele-pregnant-olympics-closing-ceremony-2012/

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks. I didn’t realize that (I was watching the NBC broadcast, and they did not mention that).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    NBC just wrapped up their summary of the London Olympics with a piece on the U.S. gymnasts, again with “Home” as the theme.

  • RemusL

    If you guys have a VPN service, just watch it from the CTV.ca site. I watched it live online with minimal commercial breaks. I think it’s available to be re-watched at any time.

  • Anonymous

    NBC’s airing of it is now starting.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So people who are going by NBC’s broadcast schedule (listing 8:30) are going to miss the first 13 minutes of the closing ceremonies. Way to go, NBC! lol

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    Here is the complete song playlist and performer credits from the London Times:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/london-2012/9470803/Olympics-closing-ceremony-playlist.html

  • Anonymous

    They got the start in. I wonder what they’ll cut out.

  • http://twitter.com/elfstar89 Erika Fernandez

    So far they skipped 10-12

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t matter who wrote “Dynamite” — Taio Cruz is British, so that makes the song “British music”

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    I’ve truly enjoyed watching these Olympics, but there were at least two strange things for me…the celebration of the nanny state in the opening and the supermodels in the closing…just why?

    Will miss the athletes after these last two weeks!!

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    What else have they skipped?

  • http://twitter.com/elfstar89 Erika Fernandez

    I don’t get the model “backlash”.  What’s the difference between celebrating great British music and fashion?  They both are something to be proud of for that country and are 2 of its biggest cultural exports.  The models were wearing British designers which are in their prime right now and have had a great impact over the last 6 decades.  I think after the royal wedding everyone knows who Alexander Mcqueen was which I think both Kate and Naomi were wearing.  Both very beautiful pieces.  And the drug complaint is out of order bc if you inspect the line up of musicians and music of the deceased drugs were a big part of their lives too.

  • http://twitter.com/J_SanchezFans J SanchezFan Kaylo™

    Somebody(Jesper Cederberg) made a playlist of almost all the songs that were used. Around 45 Songs On grooveshark!! Any one who’s interested in checking it out can see it here. http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Olympics+Closing+Ceremony+Tracklist/76253624

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I haven’t been watching because I was interrupted by a phone call, but I know that they didn’t show George Michael’s second song. They probably skipped a lot of the athletes during their entrance into the stadium too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Brian May is playing the snot out of that guitar – awesome.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    I like the tone of Jessie J’s voice – she and Queen sound good together.

  • Anonymous

    I like Jessie J, or at least I like the one song that was a hit here, but it seems like she’s doing this total 180 degree turn, and morphing into Katy Perry.   The sad thing is that even though Jessie can actually sing, she’s not as good at being Katy as Katy Perry is.  

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, no 2nd song (White Light) from George Michael.  I was shocked they skipped Muse. Maybe they’ll play muse at the end?

  • Karen C

    I can’t believe they skipped Muse

  • Anonymous

    Where was Susan Boyle?  Haha

  • Anonymous

    Are you talking about when they saluted their National Health Service?  It served two purposes, to show something that they are proud of, and to keep up the theme that the Olympics is about the youth/children.  Most of the people in that segment were doctors, nurses, and patients of the hospital that was being recognized.  They picked that hospital, because Hans Christian Anderson donated all of his profits from Alice in Wonderland to it.  

    I’d be fine with the supermodels, if they had taken out more time to acknowledge the athletes.  It didn’t seem like there was a segment where the focus was just on them.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    They picked that hospital, because Hans Christian Anderson donated all of his profits from Alice in Wonderland to it.

    Hans Christian Anderson owned the rights to Alice in Wonderland? (I thought it was J.M. Barrie donating the proceeds of Peter Pan to a children’s hospital.)

    *******

    LOL, NBC actually skipping the official Olympic song. Isn’t that what Muse was supposedly singing?

  • Anonymous

    You’re right, and Lewis Carrol was the author of Alice in Wonderland.

  • Anonymous

    I was going to stop and look that up, something told me that Hans Christen Andersen was the wrong name.  I don’t remember which story they were highlighting at the time, just that the reason why the people from that hospital were included in the opening ceremony is because it went along with the theme of kids, and because of the donation from the book’s author.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    MJ, Take That was not cut from the NBC broadcast.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I just realized that the trumpet solo played when the flames were extinguished was from the American movie “Dances with Wolves” (composed by John Barry, the English composer of the score of that movie who won an Academy Award for it).

    Wow! They cut out Darcey Bussell and The Who entirely!

  • Anonymous

    NBC pretty much ended things with a whimper, so that they could air one of their new shows.  From a business standpoint it’s understandable, but it’s still pathetic, and probably won’t help the network or the show.

  • Anonymous

    They’re broadcasting the Who, after this show & local news I think.  (I wasn’t listening too closely, could have heard them wrong.)  But who makes these kind of decisions?

  • Anonymous

    NBC continues with their horrible coverage of the Olympics. Between the refusal to show the majority of the more popular events live to their insistance in interrupting the livestreams every few minutes with commercials to their stupid editing of the opening and closing ceremonies, they pretty much botched this — although I realize they won’t care since the ratings have been strong. Delaying showing The Who’s performance at the Closing Ceremony just so they can show a preview of some sitcom is just the last straw.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I didn’t hear that. If that’s true, what a stupid decision! 

  • Anonymous

    Maybe all of our cut songs will be played in that hour?  I checked my program guide, it is listed as additional coverage from the Closing Ceremony.

    ETA: And it looks like they’re replaying the earlier coverage.

  • Anonymous

    It’s what the NBC Olympic’s twitter account posted, but I don’t know if they are joking, because it’s such a stupid decision.  It doesn’t make a lot of sense.

    @NBCOlympics And stayed tuned for #TheWho after@AnimalPractice :)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the list of songs. I can’t believe they didn’t show Waterloo Sunset and how stupid to preview a TV show at the end of the Olympics. So bad NBC. On the other hand they must have played Home earlier in the evening because Home is back to #1 on iTunes. So good NBC. ;0

  • sdmama

    I thought they would have followed  We Will Rock You with that, too.  It felt like it ended abruptly. But, you do need Freddie or another strong male vocal to do justice to We are Champions. They could not have done it with just Brian and Roger. I thought they might have video of Freddie, like they brought him back at Hammersmith. Queen fan of me wanted to have the ceremony ended like that, but Who was great!   And I am not even a fan.

  • sdmama

    I thought One Direction was lovely.  These athletes are young, we can’t just keep playing veterans that appeal to their parents ;)  They represents the optimism and hope, and it is a lot of fun.  Young and shot to success and fame in a short time, very fitting to Olympics that we saw a lot of very young gold medalists.

  • Axxxel

    Saw everything though a livestream provided by Youtube… from 3 am-6 am my time…(still sleepy now)… Missed the liveblog at MJ though…

    I like Muse, not really a big fan though, but they were great last night at the Olympics… their pompous music is so right for the occasion…

    If I had a top 5:
    1. Muse
    2. “Always look at the bright side of life” blended with Indian music and dance
    (reminischent of Monty Python Flying Circus … Rowan Atkinson a.k.a Mr Bean was one of them)…
    3. Annie Lennox on a pirate ship
    4. Emeli Sande…sad but I was touched…
    5. late Freddy Mercury on video screens “commanding” the audience to follow his singing…

    Special mention : The Spice Girls… not really their fan but they were great visually and they all look good… Thumbs up for Scary Spice who shows the curves of a real woman’s body… No skinny body… Love it…

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    MJ, did The Who get cut off?  There is simply NO excuse for cutting out even one song.  I did check on Infinty One and the Beginning and Closing ceremonies are there, but the commercials still cut out songs! 

    NBC, get in your stupid commercials but don’t deprieve us of seeing every performance.  I am so angry at them!

    Wasn’t Elton John suppose to sing tonight? Wasn’t MUSE supposed to be a major attraction?

    There no way to record off the computer to a DVD is there? I have never done it. Oh well, life goes back to normal.

    (They are playing Phillip’s song right now!)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Especially considering Muse’s song “Survival” is the official song of the 2012 Olympics……….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Annie Lennox…..Timeless…….Incredible….

  • judes

    That’s so bad that NBC cut Muse’s song. I thought it was the best performance of the night & as everyone said it was the “Official Song”.Loved Take That as well [minus Robbie Williams ] Gary was very brave to get up there & perform after losing a baby a few days ago. Also loved that they had Freddie command the audience on the many screens around the stadium!
    We were fortunate here that the Closing Ceremony was live from about 6am. I recorded it & started watching half way through so I could fast forward any slow parts. 

  • http://twitter.com/cruzceleste Celeste

    I saw the entire broadcast, it was great, nothing short of amazing and probably one hell of a concert to see life. My favorite moments were Imagine, Wonderwall (just wished Noel could have been there) and Eric Idle – “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”… The Take That performance was really moving…

    Why did NBC cut so much?

  • Anonymous

    Ryan Seacrest was so disappointed that he was a part of NBC’s coverage, he felt he had to join the BBC’s coverage

    https://twitter.com/badwasp/status/234790455794077697/photo/1 

    Seriously though, the BBC have been amazing through these Olympics, wall to wall coverage on BBC 1 + 3 and they even gave us 24 extra HD channels to watch every single moment free to air

    And we had the fact that we could watch everything on the website and we could even rewind live coverage with the new player

  • vdawg

    NBC cut like almost a third of the closing ceremony. They had to show an hour and half of “highlights” over and over instead of showing all of the closing ceremony.  Why not show whole thing live at 4:00 ET and then show highlights of closing ceremony in prime time? This new sitcom I will now boycott because I could not see The Who and IOC will not allow anyone else to see now.

  • http://twitter.com/cruzceleste Celeste

     LMAO…

  • http://twitter.com/toastyred Sara Traynor

    I watched it live in Victoria Park on a big screen (just around the corner from the stadium).  Everyone was sitting and singing along and dancing a bit until the Spice Girls came on and the whole crowd went insane!! That and Eric Idle were definitely went down the best with the crowd.  I actually can’t believe how much was cut by NBC.  Cutting Waterloo Sunset is unforgivable..

  • Anonymous

    Working link for Muse.
    http://vimeo.com/47430591

    ETA: They took this one down too… at least I can still watch it – I didn’t close that browser screen, hee hee.

  • Tess

    Total odd man out here.  Once the highlight reels were done the Olympics were done and the over-produced, over-theatrical, and pretty boring rehash of British talent just didn’t hold my interest at all.  Everything, for me, was a touch too colorful, too costumey and much too long…I was always pleased when NBC’s cameras cut away to shots of the Olympians, those men and women, boys and girls who the 17 days were all about.  And, not that I’m sure it wasn’t fun for everyone there, I think 22 million dollars for a single night’s performance was a bit much.

  • luvadamlambert

    i was shocked to see one direction haha and LOVED it (and them duh) <3

    i liked pRINCE harry more after this than before, maybe because of how much he was IN to the olympics? doesnt matternot really looking forward to rio…idk why but london is like probably my 2nd fave place in the world

  • http://twitter.com/cruzceleste Celeste

    I`m so excited for Brazil… they have World Cup and the Olympics coming. Arriba Brasil!!!!

    PD.

    I loved Pele in the Brazil part of the ceremony…

  • http://twitter.com/titimira1 lob

     Yup, wrong name, and even more importantly, wrong nationality. Hans Christian Andersen was Danish and wrote a lot of fairytales (not Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan, but the Little Mermaid, the Snow Queen and many others) but I doubt he was particularly invested in charity.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I was looking forward to hearing Ray Davies (The Kinks) – “Waterloo Sunset”.  This is horrible!

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     the album cover of that song  ..

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  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    MJ, I was trying to find the thread on the Opening Ceremonies to see what was presented and what we missed.  Is that still available?   Thanks!