Added on 11-Aug-2012
Huge images of the late star recreating his famous 1985 Live Aid appearance will be projected on to the set and Queen will perform with singer Jessie J
Queen legend Freddie Mercury will be the star attraction at tomorrow's Olympics closing ceremony – as he’s brought back to life as a hologram.
Huge images of the late star recreating his famous 1985 Live Aid appearance will be projected on to the set at the grand finale.
His band Queen will then take to the stage to perform We Will Rock You with singer Jessie J.
An Olympic source said last night: “It’s going to be spectacular – a proper recreation of Freddie’s chanting crowd interaction from Live Aid all those years ago.”
The source said band members Brian May and Roger Taylor were thrilled about the tribute to their friend, who died of Aids in 1991, adding: “Freddie will once again have the world in the palm of his hands.”
More than a billion people around the globe are expected to watch the proceedings live from East London.
A massive panorama of the capital’s landmarks (shown above) has been created away from the stadium and is being assembled on the site for the party tonight. Record four-gold winning sailor Ben Ainslie, 35, has been chosen to be Team GB’s flag-bearer. Ben said: “It’s a really proud moment for me – and for sailing.”
Ben will join Britain’s other Olympic heroes including Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Bradley Wiggins – as well as 10,000 athletes from all over the planet.
They will be invited to dance in a mosh pit in front of performers including Annie Lennox, Madness, Pet Shop Boys and One Direction.
The show, to be attended by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, will include quintessential British comedy with Del Boy’s three-wheel Reliant van from Only Fools and Horses and a performance of Monty Python’s Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
There will also be a greatest hits set by the Spice Girls, which Victoria Beckham has declared will be the band’s last appearance.
Victoria said: “This is our swansong – and what better way to go out on top than at the Olympics.”
A source close to the girls confirmed that they nearly all agreed tonight had to be the end. “They all have lives to go back to and everyone apart from Geri Halliwell agrees,” he added. “She’d tour every year if she had it her way – she loves being a Spice Girl.”
We can reveal the girls’ manager Simon Fuller has broached the subject of getting together for another tour.
But the band, who perform on top of LED-covered London black taxis tonight, turned down the idea.
Take That frontman Gary Barlow will be on the stage for a performance of Rule The World in what is expected to be one of the most emotional parts of the spectacular proceedings.
The brave star has battled through one of the toughest weeks of his life after he and wife Dawn lost their baby daughter Poppy.
A source close to the singer and X Factor judge said Gary decided to go ahead with the appearance because he didn’t want to let his fans down.
The source said: “It’s going to be incredibly tough for Gary. But he will do it. They haven’t had time to rehearse but they’re pros at big live performances and won’t let Team GB down. He’s literally going to turn up, sing and leave. And the boys will be supporting him.”
George Michael and hairdresser boyfriend Fadi Fawaz will host a glittering bash at his North London home following his performance.
The singer’s guests are expected to include supermodel neighbour Kate Moss – who will walk the runway in a tribute to British fashion with Naomi Campbell, Georgia May Jagger and Lily Donaldson.
George admitted last night he is nervous ahead of his performance of Faith and Freedom but quipped he is more worried about his waistline on camera to billions across the world.
George revealed: “Got to admit I’m pretty nervous. It’s been all about getting in shape and making sure I look good in front of the one and a half billion people who are watching.
“You wouldn’t want to be fat at the Olympics closing ceremony.”
The singer, who releases new single White Light today, also said that he’s glad the Games are raising his profile. “It’s definitely a great way of showing people that I’m still here – you know internationally that’s a fairly big presence,” he laughed. “I better be on form.”
Jessie J will be the star with the most air time throughout the evening’s proceedings, performing four songs – her own hit Price Tag, duetting with Tinie Tempah on Written In The Stars before the pair perform a Bee Gees tribute singing You Should Be Dancing and finally joining Queen.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, who has watched a rehearsal of the show, said yesterday that the theme at Stratford will be “party, party, party”.
Show organisers started with a track list of 1,000 songs for the ceremony which they whittled down to 30.
The songs include The Clash classic Should I Stay or Should I Go, West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys and Oasis track Wonderwall.
Artistic director Kim Gavin, who has put the show together, vowed: “We want to make it the best after- show party there has ever been. One of my favourite elements is the fact the athletes will be there in the centre and people watching will be able to try to spot their favourite one.
“Rehearsals have gone well but it has not been easy. We have basically been putting the show together in a car park in Dagenham where it has rained every day.”
Kim added: “After the amazing opening ceremony and the brilliant Games there is double the pressure to put something on extra special.
‘I just want to do justice to the athletes and the people of Britain. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it...”
More than 4,100 performers, including 3,500 adult volunteers and 380 children from the six East London host boroughs, will be involved in the ceremony.
The action kicks off at 9pm on BBC1 with Julian Lloyd Webber performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto followed by Ray Davies’ Waterloo Sunset.