Olympic Closing Ceremony 2012: Biggest Flops from Star-Studded Spectacle

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Artist Jessie J performs during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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An otherwise stellar 2012 Olympics closing ceremonies was dulled by some poor, puzzling and frustrating performances. 

It happens; it is forgivable, but that doesn't mean the offenders shouldn't get called out. So let's get started. 



Madness came roaring out, well, roaring is not the right word; they listlessly rolled out to sing their huge hit "Our House." The problem is that they came off as tired and going through the motions of a song they have played about 50,000 times too many. 

With that kind of energy, the happy house of the song suddenly becomes a mundane bore. To spice things up, Lee Thompson came floating down out of nowhere draped in a Union Jack garb to belt out some panted saxophone licks, but Thompson spent most of his time looking understandably uncomfortable. 

Everyone who made it through this performance without nodding off deserves a gold medal. 


Jessie J

Jessie J was out in a snappy set with Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz that culminated in them joining in on the Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing." That wasn't terrible, but Jessie J. should have called it a night there. 

Instead, she kept on appearing as if she was the fill in for entertainers that canceled. 

So Brian May of Queen was bringing the house down. He was joined by surviving bandmates, which was great since Queen is such an influential British band, and everyone knew what was coming next.

They would play the greatest sports stadium rock song of all time, "We Will Rock You." But who would sing? Jessie J would sing, that's who. 

Talk about anti-climatic! Roger Daltrey and Elton John were in the building for crying out loud, and Jessie J sang "We Will Rock You." 

This could have been a highlight of the night. Instead it was a forgettable and poorly-paired performance. 


Noel and Liam Gallagher 

Oasis was out to perform one of the great 90s anthems with "Wonderwall." Wait, there was only one of the brothers Gallagher on the stage. 

Come on, I know you guys are feuding, but just ignore each other and play your heart out at a once-in-a-lifetime venue! It can't be that complicated. 

It's not that the performance was bad, Liam was solid, but here in a beautiful moment celebrating sportsmanship and global unity, I don't want to think of two brothers so locked into bickering that they can't even play music on the same stage together.