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Olympics closing ceremony highlights

The Spice Girls perform during the closing ceremony

The Spice Girls perform during the closing ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 12, 2012) Credit: AP

So we've reached the official end of the London Olympics! Tonight's closing ceremonies is supposed to be less formal and more musical than the more artistic opening ceremonies crafted by Danny Boyle. No parachuting queen (though, likely some Queen) and no dancing tribute to the Industrial Revolution expected. Join us as we blog along with all the excitement on NBC and tell us what you want, what you really, really want in the comments. Zig-a-zig-ah!

10:58 p.m. Um, that was anti-climactic. Oh NBC, why make us sit through "Animal Practice" to catch a few songs from The Who? Seems like a fitting end to their often-odd coverage.

10:50 p.m. Take That gets a plum spot in the show with "Rule the World," but where's Robbie Williams?

10:31 p.m. OK, this bit is very "Lady Gaga gets lost on the way to the Monster Ball" rather than the best of Brazilian music. Also, can someone at NBC please turn up the sound?

10:27 p.m. Ah the Brazilian national anthem. It's the passing of the torch, er, flag. I like how they bring Bob Costas back for the serious stuff.

10:10 p.m. The Queen segment has begun! Great opening solo from Brian May, but why is Jessie J back? England has other singers! You know, ones who can actually sing "We Will Rock You." Big Vinyl Octopus, you have failed the world.

10:02 p.m. Eric Idle! This is a million times better than Jessie J! "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"!

9:53 p.m. Beady Eye is doing "Wonderwall." Yes, the Olympics could bring the Spices back together, but apparently not the Brothers Gallagher.

9:50 p.m. The Spice Girls reunion is in full effect. Zig-a-zig-ah! First "Wannabe," now "Spice Up Your Life," which apparently London Mayor Boris Johnson is enjoying.

9:44 p.m. Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz and Jessie J are joining forces for a Bee Gees song! WHY!?

9:39 p.m. Oh lord, it's Jessie J. England, why would you inflict her upon the world? Couldn't the vinyl octopus devour her instead so she doesn't have to make that squeaking sound any more?

9:37 p.m. Um, there's a vinyl octopus that's going to eat Fatboy Slim while he does his best Elvis Presley impression during "The Rockafella Skank."

9:33 p.m. Nope, it's Russell Brand doing "I Am the Walrus."

9:30 p.m. Ed Sheeran is doing Pink Floyd's “Wish You Were Here.” How's that for inter-generational? His young, sweet voice brings a whole different vibe to the classic. Maybe he'll do “Lego House” next.

9:26 p.m. I love Annie Lennox, but why is she in this tribute to goths? And what notes was she singing at the end of “Little Bird”? At least we know she was singing live.

9:18 p.m. Why is the tribute to David Bowie and British fashion so bland until the supermodels are unveiled? McKayla Maroney would not be impressed. Have you checked out the meme she's inspired yet?

9:15 p.m. The Kaiser Chiefs do The Who's “Pinball Wizard” in a Mod tribute. Lots of weird things going on in that sentence.

9:08 p.m. George Michael sounds great on “Freedom '90" and looks like he's got his act together again. American tour soon, please? Oh, and are they delivering this musical sermon on the perils of celebrity to the newly minted sports stars on purpose?

9:06 p.m. Ryan Seacrest really needs to stop talking. Less is more, when it comes to commentating, man.

9:05 p.m. The sing-along with John Lennon's “Imagine,“ forming a portrait of the slain Beatle and a balloon release is lovely.

8:47 p.m. The unified entry of all the Olympic athletes is a lovely gesture after days of such intense competition.

8:37 p.m. Oh One Direction! Their “What Makes You Beautiful” extravaganza needs more Pet Shop Boys staging! Clapping is not enough.

8:34 p.m. OK, can we just pause and marvel at the sheer ridiculousness of this Pet Shop Boys extravaganza? They're wearing coneheads, while color-coordinated dancers shimmy along with “West End Girls.“ Words cannot express.

8:33 p.m. Ever wonder what Blur's “Parklife” sounds like done by a royal marching band? Now you know! Personally, I miss Damon Albarn and the original.

8:30 p.m. Aww, Madness' “Our House” gets the party started. And Suggs still sounds pretty good.

8:21 p.m. Hey, Emile Sande made it onto the NBC broadcast this time! Never mind that they've said that the official closing ceremonies doesn't start until 8:30 p.m. ET. It's better than being on the cutting room floor like her opening ceremonies performance.

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