By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStarz | Aug 13, 2012 09:23 AM EDT
After 16 days of sporting events, the Olympic closing ceremony on Aug. 13 was a star-studded night filled with singers, models, acrobats and the closing of the Olympic torch.
Here are a few highlights from the three hour celebration that night:
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Great Britain showcased some of their musical talents with Jessie J, Taio Cruz and Tinie Tempah performing duets and solos of some of their chart-topping hits. Jessie J, sporting a nude catsuit encrusted with black rhinestones, opened up with "Pricetag" followed by the three artists singing a rendition of The Bee Gees "You Should Be Dancing." Other performers included One Direction and George Michael and British DJ FatBoy Slim, who turned some beats while standing in a inflatable giant octopus.
The most talked about performance of the night was probably the reuniting of the Spice Girls for one night only and their performance of "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life." The five women - Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Victoria Becknam, Geri Halliwell and Melanine Chrisholm or otherwise known by their 'Spice' names - arrived on stage each in their own British-style taxi; each ride sporting a different style but all with the license plate, "SPICE." Baby Spice's car was all pink, naturally, while Posh Spice went for a sleek black on black exterior. The singers than went up to stand on the roof of the cars, holding on to a medal bar around them as the cars drove around the arena.
There were parade floats that drove around the stadium holding billboards plastered with photos of different models from Great Britain, such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Lily Cole, Jourdan Dunn and Georgia May Jagger. At one point the cars stopped, the photos fell to the ground and behind them the actual models stepped out, taking the stage for a runway show and sporting designs by Alexander McQueen, Vivian Westwood's Gold Label, Erdem, Burberry and Victoria Beckham. They stopped to the tune of David Bowe's "Fashion."
The night ended as London's mayor, Boris Johnson, passed the Olympic torch to Rio de Janeiro's mayor Eduardo Paes, who then waved it proudly and vigorously. Following Brazil's national anthem, Brazilian samba dancers and Capoeira artists took to the stage to performance what was probably a foreshadow of the 2016 Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro. Even Victoria Secret supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, who is from Brazil herself, was on stage dancing and celebrating with the performers. Receiving the loudest cheers from the group though was Brazil's soccer legend Pele, who won three World Cups with Brazil.
After the Olympic flag was lowered, the Olympic torches were extinguished, officially marking the end of the 2012 Games in London.
To watch highlights from the closing ceremony, click here.
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