July 27, 2012; London, United Kingdom; General view of fireworks over the stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Leo Mason-USA TODAY Sports

Cheerio, London: 2012 Olympics Come To An End

The Cauldron is extinguished and the 2012 Summer Olympics are over. Check out the best moments from the Closing Ceremony, including GIFs, photos and more.

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Olympic Closing Ceremony Delivers Uneven, Dragged-Out Super Bowl Halftime Show

George Michael and Emeli Sande shine during the 'Olympic concert.' Eighties rockers, not so much.

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Brian May Rocks Closing Ceremony, Resembles A Poodle

Queen is inarguably one of the most famous and most beloved rock bands of all time, especially within Great Britain. At Sunday's Closing Ceremony, following a call-and-response using footage of the late Freddie Mercury (sadly not Hologram Freddie Mercury, but we'll take what we can get), the crowd at Olympic Stadium was treated to a shredding guitar solo from Queen guitarist Brian May! Or possibly Harpo Marx. We're still not quite sure.

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It takes a ton of talent to look that smug while playing a guitar solo. And also while looking like Billy Connolly dressed as your grandmother.

After this ripping solo, May was joined by Jessie J and her amazing yellowcolor longcoat to perform "We Will Rock You." The less said about that part, the better.

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McKayla Maroney Is Really Not Impressed With The Closing Ceremony

On Sunday, the 2012 Olympic Games in London were bookended by another over-the-top Closing Ceremony. It was quite the spectacle, with some of the greatest musical acts in the history of Great Britain taking the stage amid some breathtaking visuals. Why, the Olympic athletes even took the shape of the Union Jack! That's pretty impressive, right?

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Oh. Uh, hey McKayla Maroney. Thought you'd be impressed by that. Well, uh ... they also made a giants John Lennon face out of a bunch of old couch cushions! That's pretty impressive, isn't it?

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No? Nothing? How about some big-time pop stars?

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Dang. W-what about a sentiment of universal emancipation? Would you be impressed by THAT?

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Jeez, McKayla, it's almost like you're not impressed by anything. Well, how about Lolo Jones' awesome singing ability? Would you be impressed by that?

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That's cold, McKayla. Ice cold.

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How To Watch The 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony Live

NBC will be providing a live stream of the Closing Ceremony from London. Find out when and where you can watch the after-party to the 2012 Olympics.

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2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony: Time, TV Coverage And More

The 2012 London Olympics will conclude Sunday with the Closing Ceremony officially marking the end of the games.

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NBC Will Stream Olympic Closing Ceremony Live Online

NBC received heavy criticism for its decision to tape-delay the 2012 Olympics' Opening Ceremony two weeks ago and not provide a live online stream to viewers. The network is doing an about-face on the Closing Ceremony, which it announced Saturday that it would stream online.

Sports Business Journal's John Ourand has the full statement from NBC:

"It’s part of our continuing effort to innovate, experiment and learn. This is not precedent setting, but rather another chance for us to gather data about how live streaming and television complement each other."

NBC's live streaming effort, which has been provided for every event in every sport, has not been without its critics. And whether NBC has the bandwidth necessary to accomodate millions tuning in to see the finale of the 2012 Olympics (and the Spice Girls!) remains to be seen.

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Bryshon Nellum Will Carry U.S. Flag In Closing Ceremony

Bryshon Nellum will be the flag bearer for Team USA at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

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