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The Greatest Show on Earth: Part 2 – What to expect from the Olympics Closing Ceremony | Jamie Tuohy

An estimated ONE BILLION people will focus their attention on London tonight, as the 2012 Olympic Games draw to a close. The Games were opened with a Danny Boyle-directed extravaganza, which offered an insight into the creation of modern Britain and they will close tonight with a star-studded production, involving the biggest British pop and rock icons in history. The theme is “a symphony of British music”, so expect Shakespeare, supermodels, the Spice Girls and a Rio carnival! Here’s what to expect from the Greatest Show on Earth: PART 2, with the action kicking off at 9pm:

All Hail Queen Victoria (oh, and the other four):

It’s no secret that the Spice Girls will be performing tonight, but prepare yourself for a SERIOUSLY SPICY SHOW from the five-piece. Victoria, Geri, Mel B, Mel C and Emma will open the closing ceremony on top of five black cabs. The girls will be surrounded by a ‘rush-hour London’, as commuters and lollipop ladies fill the environs. Victoria and Co. will be singing/miming two of their biggest hits – Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life. Landmarks will be recreated, such as the Tower of London as the Spice Girls finish up, and the Kinks’ Ray Davies will sing Waterloo Sunset and Julian Lloyd Webber will play Elgar’s Salut D’Amour on the cello. Expect to see the Thames flowing through the stadium, made up of young children in costume.

It’s about to Get Shakey:

If you thought Mrs Beckham was POSH, she hasn’t got anything on one, Mr William Shakespeare! Shakespeare’s sonnets will decorate the stadium, along with Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and Dickens’ Great Expectations, all of which will be inscribed around the venue, in a tribute to British literature. Perfection.

So much Music, we could PASS OUT:

Amongst the 30 performers expected to belt their little hearts out tonight, will be rapper Tinie Tempah, who will perform with Jessie J on the back of a white Rolls Royce convertible. Classy. And fresh from showcasing his vocals alongside Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages, Russell Brand will be performing the Sex Pistol’s hit Pretty Vacant and roller-skating nuns will whizz around the stadium. WELL I NEVER…

Super Athletes and Supermodels:

Not forgetting that these Games are actually about the 10,000 competing athletes, the competitors will march around the arena to Elbow’s hit One Day Like This and some of the most iconic British songs in history will punctuate the three-hour long extravaganza. Queen, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox, Take That, One Direction, Kate Bush, Oasis and many more will either be there to perform, or have their music played to the 1bn T.V. audience. Oh and if that wasn’t enough, London is, after all, one of the world’s major fashion capitals, so Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson, Stella Tennant, Jourdan Dunn, and Lily Cole will be putting on a fashion show.

This is Just Carnivalesque:

To celebrate Brazil’s hosting of the 2016 Games, there will be a Rio de Janeiro-themed carnival. Literally cannot wait. I’m not sure if anyone is ready for this!


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