Jessie J Closing Ceremonies Pics: Pop Star Can't Upstage Spice Girls

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 13, 2012

Photo Credit: AP
Photo Credit: AP

The 2012 London Olympics came to a bittersweet end with a near-perfect closing ceremony that was a little too heavy with the dosage of Jessie J used. 

Legendary tunes were belted out and classic ditties were danced to, but it was Jessie J who received the glut of time on stage. 

No matter, the fond memories of past hits still won through in the end. 

Don't get me wrong, the pop singer has some serious pipes and certainly had her place amid the other superstars. But did she really need to cover all those songs?

Consider the closing ceremony a rousing success when nit picking is the most we can do to find wrong in the hours of celebration presented. It was a feast for the eyes with some pleasant snacks for the ears as well. 

However, the whole event was one step too close to a Jessie J concert. Just Jared does well to sum up what she performed:

Jessie performed her songs “Price Tag” and “Dynamite” and also put her own spin on Queen‘s classic song “We Will Rock You.” She joined Tinie for “Written in the Stars,” and all three artists collaborated on the Bee Gees' song “Dancing.”

Those uninitiated with the British pop singer will know her as that lovely lady who switched out of one bodysuit into another during the ceremony. 

The one performance that really got me was her rendition of "We Will Rock You" right after we saw huge video screens of Freddie Mercury, via The Daily Mail

I thought for a second we would get a video version of Mercury leading us in an emotional sing-a-long.

Instead, more Jessie J. 

The night, however, was owned by the stars of years gone by, including The Who and, of course, the Spice Girls. 

I am not ashamed to boast Girl Power from a simpler time of the late '90s when a music video meant something and pop singers were mandated to feature in a campy and awfully-cheesy movie. Ahem, Spice World

But the crowd let us all know who won gold on the very last night of the Olympics, cheering on Sporty, Ginger, Posh, Scary and Baby as they reprised their roles and sang "Wannabe" and "Spice up Your Life." 

At that point, I had the very real fear that Jessie J would come out and sing all their parts instead. 

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