Olympics Closing Ceremony: One Direction, Spice Girls Rock the London Games Finale (PHOTOS & VIDEO)
With show-stopping musical performances from One Direction, Spice Girls and, yes, even Russell Brand, no expense was spared for the big finish in the country’s capital.
Did you happen to miss arguably the best British concert in years? (Sorry, Jubilee!) Celebuzz is here to help.
After the jump, check out our picks for the five most memorable moments from the two-hour telecast.
Also be sure to share your favorite moments in the comments, below.
1. One Direction Mania Rolls Into the Olympic Stadium
Taking a page out of U2’s “All Because of You” music video, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne performed their hit song “That’s What Makes You Beautiful” atop of a flatback truck driving along a roadway shaped like the Union Jack-flag. Though the feat was a little bit dangerous, the boys rocked it without messing up a single strand on their perfectly-coiffed hair.
2. Spice Girls Spice Up with Olympics
In paying tribute to England’s colorful music history, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Geri Halliwell and Melanie Chisholm reunited for the ultimate Spice Girls concert, featuring new performances of their hit songs “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life.” Even after all these years, they really, really, really want to zig-a-zig-ah.
3. George Michael Celebrates ‘Freedom’
After tweeting about his performance for days, George Michael took to the stage in grand fashion to sing his top 10 smash, ‘Freedom! 90.’ Twenty-two years later, Michael proved he still knows how to put on one heckuva show.
4. Russell Brand Is the Walrus
Wearing an outfit that looked like a mix between the Mad Hatter and Willy Wonka, comedian Russell Brand rocked out to the Beatles’ hit song ‘I Am the Walrus.’ The performance included — among other things — a psychedelic bus, as well as a megaphone that Brand used to sing into.
5. John Lennon Comes Alive
Though no holograms were used, John Lennon was brought back to life thanks to a 3D tableau late singer’s face using puzzle pieces. The performance was also accompanied by a children’s choir singing “Imagine.”