Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony: What to Watch for in London Spectacle

Erik CottonCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2012

Look for another extravaganza tonight in London.
Look for another extravaganza tonight in London.Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The 2012 London Olympics feel like they just started a few days ago. Yet here we are on the last day of the Summer Games until 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Tonight's closing ceremonies will feature appearances from numerous British icons and musicians as well as the stars of this year's Games. 

The most anticipated and hyped performances will come from the Who, the Spice Girls and the living members of Queen. That covers almost 60 years' worth of British rock and pop, with what clearly seems like London's attempt to close 2012's Games with a bang.

According to Paul Haven of the Associated Press:

The ceremony has something for everyone, from tween girls to 1960s hippies. George Michael, Muse, Fatboy Slim and the One Direction, the British cotton-candy boy band of the moment, are all expected to perform.   

London deserves to celebrate the conclusion of these games, if for no other reason than because of their athletes' performances. The British medal count is the highest it's been since 1908. They also finished third in total gold medals, behind the U.S. and China.

The weather, for the most part, cooperated as well.

All in all, it was two weeks of memorable performances. From Andy Murray's emotional gold-medal win over Roger Federer to Usain Bolt's repeat in the 100- and 200-meter, we're reminded every four years of sports we all admittedly forget about until they take center stage in the Olympics.

The closing ceremony, along with being a city's way to make viewers remember what great hosts they were, also allows a little of the spotlight to be shone on the next city to host. Per tradition, the mayor of Rio will receiver the handoff of the Olympic flag from his London equal. In addition, the extinguishing of the Olympic flame takes place. 

In a switch from opening night and what appeared to be a concession to its vocal critics, NBC decided to stream the ceremony live online, in addition to broadcasting it during prime time. reports Paul Haven of the Associated Press.

You can currently stream the closing ceremonies live via NBCOlympics.com or tune in tonight starting at 7 p.m. ET for NBC's tape-delayed coverage.