London 2012 Closing Ceremony: Performers, Participant List and More

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIAugust 12, 2012

Hopefully the closing ceremony is as fun as the opening one.
Hopefully the closing ceremony is as fun as the opening one.Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The Olympics are finally closing out, and after three weeks of amazing sporting action, we have the closing ceremony upon us. The medals are almost completely distributed, and the final action from London will include some amazing performers and participants as part of an amazing ceremony.

Olympic closing ceremonies are always a fun event that take what has happened over the previous weeks of action and then passes the torch to the next city that is hosting the Games, which in this case is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. According to

London 2012 chairman Lord [Sebastian] Coe has said tonight's Olympic closing ceremony will be a fun tribute to British music. Describing it as an "after show party" with lots of headline talent, Lord Coe said: "It's not anything desperately profound. It's not the opening ceremony but I think it will be great. It's basically a tribute to British music over the last few decades. It's fun."

It's going to be a fun experience to finish off the games. That's all the world wants to see after three weeks of tremendous action from their Olympians and hundreds of medals awarded.


Performers and Participant List

As of now, it's been confirmed that there will be quite a variety of British performers, especially in the arena of music and comedy. It looks as if Russel Brand will be included in the performance, as well as a musical group that's Rachel Dillin has collected rumors on:

Spice Girls, Muse, the Pet Shop Boys, Jessie J, Queen (with Russell Brand), George Michael... Kate Bush ... Who, Elton John, Paul Weller, Ray Davies and the Kinks, Adele, Madness, Kaiser Chiefs, One Direction, and Take That.....Queen Elizabeth and London mayor Boris Johnson will give brief speeches to end the Olympic Games. Finally, the flag will be passed to Eduardo Paes of Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Olympics.

That's a veritable who's who in British music. If just a few of these names listed come to pass, it will be an awesome show. If all of them show up, it would be an amazing experience. However, we're still forgetting one thing: Rio has their own segment of the show. 

Sure, it's only going to be around 10 minutes long, and it's going to feature some British music more than likely. But if there's one thing that Brazil is known for, it's that half of the world's best models are either from Brazil or reside there currently. Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio was quoted by Helen William of The Independent about her being at rehearsals:

I have been doing a lot of rehearsal so my highlight has been to mix with everybody. There are about 300 people from Brazil plus all the people who are participating in the closing ceremony. We were doing the show with the Spice Girls and everybody. I saw them there.

If it's 300 Brazilian models, athletes and other important people joining the Spice Girls, that will definitely make it an interesting performance. Here's hoping that the entire closing ceremony is as amazing as it is being hyped up to be.


Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.