The Olympic Closing Ceremony started tonight with an emotional performance from Emile Sande but the crowds were soon out of their seats and shakey their bums to Madness, who hit the stage encouraging the hordes to sing along to their hit Our House. The concert helped to showcase some of the great musical talents Great Britain has offered over the years, with icons like Roy Davies, former lead singer of The Kinks, global superstars One Direction (squeal!) and stage stars Stomp.
The colourful show had us bouncing about the living room to Madness, gawping at the futuristic outfits donned by the Pet Shop Boys as they were driven across the stage, and Emeli Sande’s heartfelt performance of Read All About it alongside a video feed of some of the highs and lows of London’s Olympics had us all misty eyed. If the Emeli Sande's effort alongisde an emotional sporting montage didn't get you all choked up, then not to fear, a choir of children singing John Lennon's classic Imagine ought to have you pretending you had something in your eye.
With their global success, it was no surprise that One Direction would make an appearance tonight. The cheeky chaps glided through their performance on a moving truck, as they belted out the single that shot them to international stardom, You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful.
Even former Britain’s Got Talent winners Spelbound had their chance to show off what they can do, as they performed a choreographed piece to Beatles Track A Day In The Life. Some of the events top athletes were soon moving through the crowds carrying flags and celebrating the end of the famous event, where for the majority, years of hard graft had finally paid off.
We were shocked that all of the athletes could fit into the stadium at once, forming the shape of our nation’s flag. Shortly after, a flock of what appeared to be blank rubix cubes were set down onto the stage. At first, we thought maybe some of the night’s top performers might be inside waiting their turn. What could be more convenient than separating the notoriously fueding Spice Girls into boxes before they’re forced to perform together yet again? Alas, this formation of athletes and their aids was an opportunity to honour their hard work, which is probably more fitting.
Frankly, we’re pleased to see the athletes enjoying themselves. After feeling guilty watching all of these trim and toned bodies running, swimming, dancing and leaping about, we can finally feel good about sitting back and watching The Olympics with plenty of calorific nibbles and a glass of vino.