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Olympics closing ceremony: live coverage
Ali Best
05:30 AEST Mon Aug 13 2012

Welcome to ninemsn's live coverage of the Olympics closing ceremony. Catch up on what you missed in the ceremony and on social media.

PHOTOS: Highlights from the ceremony

9.07am: The ceremony is over. Until Rio de Janeiro...

9.01am: One of the UK's most iconic rock bands, The Who, burst into Baba O'Riley followed by Talkin' Bout My Generation.

8.56am: Wait, it's not over. Ballet legend Darcey Bussell soars into the stadium and performs with dancers dressed in flame costumes.

8.51am: Take That perform, minus Robbie Williams. They are singing Rule The World. The outline of a flaming, 20m-wide phoenix comes to life above the audience to represent the Spirit of the Flame.

8.49am: Rogge declares the Olympics Games closed.

8.45am: IOC President Jaques Rogge makes his speech, saying the Brits showed true hospitality. He says "these were happy and glorious Games".

8.40am: Lord Sebastian Coe thanks Britain for a marvellous Olympic Games. He says "when our time came, Britain, we did it right".

8.37am: Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio and football superstar Pele represent Brazil up on stage. The crowd seemed slightly confused before but erupted when Pele made his debut and started dancing.

8.31am: A woman with an angelic voice takes to the stage. Elaborately dressed drummers accompany her and men with glow-in-the-dark hats dance.

8.30am: Now it looks like Carnivale has come to London.

8.28am: The 'touch of Rio' element of the ceremony begins as it starts to gets people excited for the Games in four years. A man dressed as a council worker is tap dancing.

8.14am The Greek national anthem is played to honour the history of the Games. The Olympic flag is taken down.

8.14am Jessie J returns to sing We Will Rock You with Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen. She is still wearing her nude, sparkly bodysuit. The Queen boys still know how to get a crowd pumping. Twitter users argue about whether or not it was a fitting tribute.

8.14am A giant screen shows Freddie Mercury hyping up the crowd, back in the day. The athletes are getting into it.

8.10am Muse plays their song Survival, which was written for the Games and has been played in venues during the Olympics.

8.05am: Monty Python's Eric Idle sings The Bright Side of Life dressed in a space-age suit. For some reason, models in underwear are on stage too. He is soon joined by Indian dancers, which confuses Mr Idle greatly.

7.58am Beady Eye, led by lead vocalist Liam Gallagher, perform Oasis’s 90s classic Wonderwall. People all around Britain are grabbing each other and swaying to the iconic tune.

7.56am: The girls sing Spice Up Your Life on top of glittering taxis, which are driving around the stadium at remarkable speed.

7.54am: THE SPICE GIRLS ARE ON STAGE. They are all looking fantastic and even Victoria Beckham is dancing. The crowd is loving it. Mel B seems to be the best performer, the others look like back-up singers.

7.49am: They now join together to sing the Bee Gees hit song You Should Be Dancing’.

7.46am: Jessie J sings about money, money, money in the back of a Rolls Royce. Tinie Tempah emerges from another car to add some rap flavour. Then Taio Cruz emerges from a third car and breaks into his Top 40 hit Dynamite.

7.43am: Fat Boy Slim cranks some old school dance tunes, inclusing Funk Soul Brother. He is in a giant octopus and there are people dancing around the tentacles. Of course.

7.37am: Russell Brand is Willy Wonka. He sings I Am The Walrus. The crowd is divided.

7.34am: Ed Sheeran performs Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here with Nick Mason, the drummer from Pink Floyd. Tightrope walkers recreate the album cover.

7.30am: Annie Lennox makes an appearance on a pirate ship. Her over-the-top performance of Little Bird is fantastic and her voice is so far proving she's still got it.

7.27am: The photos are pulled away to reveal real-life supermodels. Kate Moss and Georgia Jagger are among the models who strut down the Union Jack runway in glittering, gold outfits.

7.25am: After a far too brief David Bowie montage, giant photos of supermodels are wheeled out.

7.21am: The Kaiser Chiefs bring some rock'n'roll to the stage as motorbikes drive around the stadium. There are scooters too.

7.17am: The George Michael party continues. Perhaps one song was enough.

7.12am: The time has come. George Michael is on stage and he is singing Freedom. His leather outfit is not stopping him from busting out some classic moves.

7.08am: The start of Bohemian Rhapsody booms out across the stadium before a children's choir sings John Lennon's Imagine. A video of John Lennon singing is screened as the crowd cheers. Yoko Ono gave permission for the video to be shown and it is the first time it has been screened in full. The young choir signs along to Lennon's voice.

7.05am: The Beatles' Here Comes the Sun serenades the Olympic volunteers as they are thanked.

7.00am: London continues the time honoured tradition of rewarding the men's marathon medallists at the closing ceremony. Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich accepts his gold medal and Kenyan duo Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang beam as they are given their silver and bronze.

6.54am: A black and white montage highlights some of the moving moments of the Games as Kate Bush song's Running Up That Hill fills the stadium. Performers heave 303 boxes to the stage, which will be made into a podium for the final medal ceremony.

6.45am: The stadium is a multi-coloured party as the athletes have fun together. The dancing Brazilians look like they're having the best time.

6.42am: As the athletes chat to each other, armchair viewers head to Twitter to complain about the blandness of the ceremony so far. It seems most of the British public want Danny Boyle back.

6.33am: The athletes walk into the stadium, wearing medals and smiles. Elbow perform One Day Like This and Open Arms accompanied by Urban Voices Collective and the LSO. It is a far quicker process than the opening ceremony march. Sally Pearson is spotted soaking up the atmosphere and filming the crowd.

6.28am: Emeli Sande makes another appearance before the athletes march into the stadium.

6.20am: A stomp band performs on stage, followed by Ray Davies from The Kinks singing Waterloo Sunset. So far, the ceremony has proved how many good bands Britain has produced.

6.17am One Direction are sounding pretty good. Dancers dressed in school uniforms bop along as the boys are driven around the arena on a moving stage.

6.15am One Direction make their much-anticipated appearance. Twitter prepares for a meltdown.

6.13am: The Pet Shop Boys, dressed in sequinned jackets and pointy black hats, are pulled in on strange orange bikes singing West End Girls. The people riding the bikes are wearing spectacularly pointy hats that look like very complex origami.

6.09am: Madness make their entrance on a red truck and break into their hit song, Our House, which is supposed to represent the inclusiveness of London.

6.05am:A choir sings as men on ropes play dinner plates attached to a miniature London Eye. An actor playing Winston Churchill makes an appearance. The stylised Union Jack in the middle of the arena looks good. The map of London is accurately set out like a miniature version of the city.

6.03am: The enormous amount of tweets about British boy band One Direction continue to flood the site.

6.00am: The crowd counts down to the rings of Big Ben's clock as the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games begins. The first segment is based on the morning rush hour. Emeli Sande is the first performer, singing from the top of a newspaper-covered truck.

5.45am: Standing by for the start of the ceremony. If you're near your television and in Australia turn on your television and switch to the Nine Network now for full and exclusive coverage of the final event of the games. Twitter is already buzzing with excitement and anticipation from people all around the world — here are a few interesting tweets to get you started.

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