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Olympic Closing Ceremony Performers: Best and Worst from Star-Studded Finale

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Global artist George Michael 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 Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2012

London took out the 2012 Olympics with a rip-roaring bang as they showcased some of England's and the world's greatest performers. 

In all, this was an overwhelming success, but that doesn't mean every act was a success. With a show of this magnitude and with as many moving parts as they had, it was inevitable that some would flop. 

We will discuss the biggest flop from the night and two of the best examples of perfect acts that made the misses easily forgivable. 

 

Best


George Michael

George Michael put on a remarkable performance considering that less than a year ago the former Wham! singer was in bed with pneumonia as family and friends held vigils at his side hoping for his recovery.

It felt right in the spirit of the Games to have someone battling back from adversity to perform on a huge stage. 

Michael opened up with one of his hits "Freedom '90" and he followed that with a new song "White Light." His addition of a new song has drawn lots of criticism as many feel he should have played a hit, instead of trying to promote a new song. 

Come on, people! This song was about his recent health battle. We are talking about an artist who almost died and wrote a song about it, and people are going to criticize him for performing that song instead of hearing "Faith" for the billionth time? 

I'm not even that big of a fan of Michael's music, but I applaud him for putting on a solid show and sharing his take on his dire experience. 

 

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

The Kaiser Chiefs whet everyone's appetite for The Who by playing "Pinball Wizard." It was a solid cover, but the closing ceremony still needed a bit of the real deal.

Never fear, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were there to close out the show, and they were ready. These guys are both in their late 60s, but they can still rock.  

Shoot, Daltrey looks like he is in good enough shape that he could have been competing. 

The two iconic rockers took the show out with "Baba O'Riley," "See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You" and "My Generation."

It was a perfect send out for the London Games. 


Worst


Jessie J

Somehow, this show turned into the Jessie J promotional tour. She was popping up all over the place. It's not that she was performing badly; it's just that in a building where there were so many legends, she was on stage way too much. 

This was never more apparent than when the surviving members of the mighty band Queen began jamming out "We Will Rock You," and Jessie J came out to sing. 

I have no idea who thought this was a good idea, or how it even got to this point. Somewhere in this process they must have cleared it with guitarist Brian May, right? I would think that his response would have gone something like the following.

Brian May: Uh, Jessie J? What about Elton John right over there, or how about Roger Daltrey? Shoot, I'd even settle for Dikron Tulane. 

What a wasted opportunity to have a truly memorable performance of the greatest stadium-rocking song in history. 

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