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London Olympics: Live coverage of closing ceremony

August 12, 2012|By Lisa Dillman
  • Niall Horan, left, and Liam Payne of One Direction play an impromptu gig at Westfield London Shepherds Bush.
Niall Horan, left, and Liam Payne of One Direction play an impromptu gig… (Ben Pruchnie / Getty Images )

LONDON — Sunday is the much-anticipated closing ceremony of the London Olympics, titled "A Symphony of British Music." Expect the tone of the program to be much different from the opening ceremony. Don't expect to see any belching smokestacks or tributes to children's hospitals. You may see a Spice Girl or two, though.

Like the opening ceremony, much of what will happen is being kept under wraps. But a few details have trickled out, and some interesting people have been spotted around town, so we can make a few educated guesses.

How else can you explain the rumored appearance of Muse and One Direction?

Live Olympics closing ceremony coverage

With the latter, the boy band, it seems to be an attempt to corner the 9-and-under market.

(Then again, the 9-year-olds I know will probably be in bed by the time the closing ceremony starts to get interesting on the West Coast.)

Annie Lennox, Kate Bush and Kaiser Chiefs, if they appear, could help the gala nudge into bronze-medal territory, up from the DNF zone.

But there are many more entertainers on tap, and sure to be a surprise or two.

Exact details are kept secret, but expected to perform are Adele, George Michael, the Who, Muse, Spice Girls, Pet Shop Boys, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim. No word yet if Sir Elton will be there.

The closing ceremony starts at 1 p.m. PT, which is 9 p.m. in London. If you want to watch it live, you can watch it on the Internet at nbcolympics.com. You will be able to watch it on TV via tape delay beginning at 7 p.m. on NBC.

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