Disappointing Closing Ceremony Causes Commonwealth Games Anger

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Social media exploded on Sunday night during the broadcast of The Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony as what was supposed to be a celebration of the eleven days of  competition limped to a disappointing conclusion. 

Channel 7 Commonwealth Games hosts’ Basil Zempilas and games medal winner Joh Griggs slammed the organisers for failing to put the athletes at the heart of the closing show. Organisers had brought the athletes into the Carrara stadium before broadcast began, denying watchers the traditional spectacle of the flag-bearers parade. 

“We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters. They made the decision not to show the flag-bearers. I’m furious. Actually wrecking a tradition that is so important,” Ms Griggs said.

“There’s no athletes in here. I’ve never seen the stadium so empty.”

Thousands of viewers were very vocal on twitter, expressing their opinion on all aspects, from the numerous, lengthy speeches to the musical performances as well as the disappearance of the athletes and the half-empty stadium. 

Many watchers pointed out that at the end of most games, athletes would be dancing, taking candid closing ceremony selfies and there would have been a party atmosphere in the whole stadium. 

The musical performances during the ceremony were difficult to watch. Australia’s biggest musical ‘stars’ like Guy Sebastian, Anthony Callea, Rikki-Lee, Samantha Jade, Dami Im, The Veronicas as well as legend Kate Ceberano all took the stage but bizarrely not one of them performed their own songs. The strangest performance was Kate Ceberano singing a cover song when literally moments before was another singer (Ceberano look alike?) covering Ceberano’s song.

Song choices were also poor. The slow paced songs killing the mood of the people who decided to stay through to the end.

With the ceremony being broadcast globally, these local artists had the opportunity to share their own music through televisions across the globe and put Australian music on the global stage. However, it was really disappointing to hear cover songs of Aussie hits, highlighting the fact that those major artists with the huge world-wide hits couldn’t be brought down to close the games.

Again, it came down to the organisers of the ceremony, it’s not the fault of the artists, it’s the decisions made by the organisers on how the show should run.

Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie took to twitter on Monday morning to take responsibility and apologies for many of those decisions. 

It was a disappointing end to what was a huge fortnight for Australian athletes. Regaining the Commonwealth Games number one spot, Australia smashed its competition. 80 gold medals and 59 medals in each shade of silver and bronze totalling of 198, they smashed their runner up and rivals, England by a huge 62 medals.

Hopefully viewers across the globe will remember the inspirational stories and the records broken when they look back on the Gold Coast 2018 games and not allow the letdown of the closing ceremony fog that memory.

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