Back before the Olympics began, even before the final announcement of who would host the games was announced, the challenge of hosting the Olympics was all anyone could talk about.
Who can top Beijing's opening ceremony? It was the question on everyone's minds and it will continue to be on everyone's minds until one country puts on an even bigger spectacle. USA, I'm looking to you for that one.
London will no doubt put on a spectacular show, but from what has been revealed about the performance, it will not be as precise or as awing as the one put on by China. They will not try to outdo or even replicate Beijing.
Directed by Danny Boyle, it will be more about showcasing London and doing so in a quirky and characteristic way. There won't be 2008 drummers playing in complete unison. It wouldn't make sense if there was.
The point of the opening ceremony is to highlight the host country, to focus on some of the things that make it great. For Britain, this is culture and music, and these are two things that will be front and center at the Games.
From James Bond and Lord Voldemort to Paul McCartney and David Beckham, London's opening ceremony will heavily feature their culture, their music, their literature and of course a nod to their great history.
Could this mean an appearance and perhaps even the the starting of the Games by the Queen?
Here is what we can expect from tonight's epic event, "the Isles of Wonder."