2012 London Olympics: Adele Set for Closing Ceremony, What Else Planned?

  @JasonLeMiere on February 24 2012 11:27 AM
Adele, who looks set to feature in the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.
Adele, who looks set to feature in the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony. Reuters

British songbird Adele looks set to perform in the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony, after organizers dropped the first hints as to what the extravaganza might entail.

The event will feature an elegant mash-up of British music, planners revealed Thursday, according to the Daily Mail.

While not making any confirmations, music director David Arnold gave the strongest possible indication that the eight-time Grammy winner would have a prominent role.

We go from--without saying we've booked anyone--Elgar to Adele, he said,according to The Associated Press.

The show, titled A Symphony of British Music, will unsurprisingly be a solely British affair.

It is not just a pop concert, it is not just a classical rendition. It will be everything that we think is fabulous about British music, said Arnold.

As well as her multiple Grammy victories last month, world-wide sensation Adele also claimed two Brit Awards for best female solo artist and the coveted album of the year prize.

Though she is certain to gain massive exposure from being a part of the Olympics' finale--an estimated 750 million people are expected to tune in, according to The Telegraph--Adele won't see an immediate boost to her finances. Headliners will only receive a nominal £1 fee for their performances.

The performers are just happy to be asked to perform at the closing ceremony, said the show's costume designer, Es Devlin, according to the Daily Mail. Plus, we just didn't have the budget to pay them.

While the budget for the opening and closing ceremonies of both the Olympics and Paralympics has recently doubled to £80 million, £27 million of that has already been earmarked for the Olympics curtain raiser.

The event, which kicks off the London games on July 27, is being helmed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle.

The closing ceremony's artistic director Kim Gavin--who was responsible for Princess Diana's memorial concert--has far more modest means to play with and a more limited time frame with which to prepare the Olympic Stadium for the event.

Gavin promised, though, a very colorful visual spectacular, one that will make you feel great walking home, to bring down the curtain on what organizers hope will be a games to remember.

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