There has been a fair amount of speculation as to who will be performing at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games this weekend, but judging from these pictures, I think we can say we’ve now got a pretty good idea. It was always rumoured that there would be a final appearance by the Spice Girls and on Friday they were spotted rehearsing for possibly the biggest gig of their lives at the Ford car plant in Dagenham, East London. Mel C had previously hinted that they might be performing by stating, “We literally flew the flag – and Geri even wore it – around the globe. We were proud to be British and to be successful internationally, and we were the last band probably to do that. So I think it would be a real shame if we weren’t acknowledged in some way at the Olympics.”
And even the typically quiet, shy and retiring Victoria had something to add when she said, “I’m so respectful of my past and I love the other girls. We have some fantastic fans. Who knows, maybe some day we’ll do something else with the Spice Girls. I would love nothing more. I don’t know about a comeback tour but I loved being back with the girls. There was a lot of fun, we did so much together and we’ll see. If they’re up for something then I certainly am.”
Amongst the other stars who have been seen rehearsing for the closing ceremony are Jessie J, who wore a gorgeous nude body suit and must have worked up quite a sweat as she had to change her outfit twice. She was spotted singing with legendary guitarist Brian May, he of Queen fame, so I wonder what song they will be singing, should be interesting! Annie Lennox was also seen, dressed in a beautiful costume of black and red, performing on what appeared to be huge galleon with her own dancers, also in some sort of fancy attire. And George Michael, looking well rested and healthy, kept it all very much down to earth as he showed in up jeans and a blue tee shirt to run through his set.
Tinie Tempah arrived in a flashy sports car that had the top down and sang with Jessie J with Taio Cruz who joined them. Emeli Sandé, who performed a solo piece during the opening ceremony, was also at rehearsals wearing some patriotic Union Jack wellington boots, just in case it rained, which of course, it is predicted to do on Sunday night! Madness and The Pet Shop Boys are another two acts that are said to be appearing and Russell Brand was seen with a megaphone, although what his role on the night will be, no one is quite sure.
The musical director of the closing ceremony, David Arnold, has previously written themes for the Bond movies and the BBC show Sherlock, and said that the evening will reflect the whole nation. He has based the spectacle around 30 classic pieces of British music, calling it ‘A Symphony of British Music’, and it will celebrate all of what is the music industry in Great Britain. So if the Opening Ceremony was likened to a huge wedding celebration, the closing ceremony is the reception party.
As well as singing stars, the closing ceremony will also feature some of London’s famous landmarks, such as Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral. Arnold said, “We’re trying to have moments where someone from the Cotswolds watching it on TV and someone from a tower block overlooking it in the East End will be able to find something in it of which they can say, ‘That’s us, really that’s Britain’.” There are some extra tickets available for the closing ceremony but you can only buy them on the day of the event as organisers will not be sure of how many are available until they have set the stadium up.