Closing Ceremony rewind: The good, the bad and the strange
The London Games are over, and they concluded in rock-star fashion as some of Britain’s greatest musicians and performers took to the track and field of the Olympic Stadium to unabashedly celebrate British culture. The evening featured musical renditions of songs old (John Lennon’s “Imagine”) and new (One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”) as well as an impromptu fashion show and a comedic interlude featuring Eric Idle of Monty Python fame. Here’s a look at some of the best – and strange – moments from the Closing Ceremonies.
The stage design:
What was not to love about the iconic Union Jack design for the field? As a stage, it looked great empty and still resembled the Union Jack when filled with non-choreographed athletes bopping along to the music. The replica of the London skyline also came out great.
The skinny jeans:
Could One Direction have found tighter pants? Those five boys are either really skinny or were in a lot of pain Sunday night. Check out Liam Payne’s (the one on the right) pants. Those must be leggings.
The Canadian outfits:
Our neighbors to the north do a lot of things well, but their outfits for the Closing Ceremonies looked a bit too much like those of a tourist from the late 1990s/early 2000s. The denim jackets with patches all over them don’t really say, ‘Olympic athletes’.
The American outfits:
To be fair, the American outfits for the Closing Ceremonies weren’t great either. The white dresses and caps for the women made them look like nurses from the 1950s, and the men still looked more French than American.
The weird moments:
The Pet Shop Boys’ orange hats were … different, and the giant inflatable Octopus was quite an interesting choice. The Pirates of the Caribbean interlude was simply strange and boring. Plus, Russell Brand wasn’t fooling anyone when he lip synced rather awkwardly to “I am the Walrus” and sang a song from Willy Wonka. Those parts would have been better had they been left out.
The royal moments:
Seeing Prince Harry sing along with Eric Idle and laugh at human cannonballs was pretty great. He really is just like us! And Kate Middleton looked great as usual. But where were Prince William and the Queen? At least give us Prince Charles bopping along awkwardly to the music. The Closing Ceremonies seemed like an affair more royals should have been present at.
The spiciest moments:
How great was it to see the Spice Girls back together? It shouldn’t be surprising that Victoria Beckham still rocks it as posh and looked fabulous in her dress, but for some reason, it was pretty impressive to see.
The risen from the dead:
Trying to get a performance from a dead man can be difficult, but both John Lennon and Freddie Mercury were great (or the videos of them from back when they were alive were great). Freddie Mercury even engaged in a back-and-forth with the crowd. Technology is so impressive.
It’s a given that at any big event like the Closing Ceremonies, there will be fireworks, and the ones Sunday night looked great. They were a fantastic display of color and really looked great with the Olympic Stadium as their background.
The Brazilian introduction:
It looks like Rio in 2016 will be quite the party. The Brazilian delegation brought quite the South American flavor to the Closing Ceremonies. We can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for the Games four years from now.