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  1. Loved the opening cauldron lighting.

    From there, it generally went downhill, with few exceptions.

    The musical acts, for the most part, were a huge disappointment. An embarrassment, really. I'm sad Vanoc didn't seize this opportunity to showcase some of the fabulous musical talent we have in Canada. Simple Plan? Hedley? Really? A string of Idol-style performances from people only CTV's eTalk audience would have heard of? Very, very disappointing. After the high of the hockey gold, this was a very anti-climactic and shameful ending.

  2. The plot thickens:

    "Canadian Olympic officials have denied reports that double Olympic champion Charles Hamelin will carry the flag into tonight's closing ceremony for the Winter Games.

    "He was never offered the position of flag-bearer," said Canadian Olympic Committee spokesman Steve Keogh.

    The denial comes just hours after the 25-year-old short-track speedskater from Ste-Julie, Que., accepted congratulations at a party that drew many of the Canadian medallists.

    Two federal government sources also confirmed Hamelin as flag-bearer prior to the COC's denial.

    Asked about carrying the flag, Hamelin said: "Yes, thank you very much." His choice was confirmed by teammates."

    http://www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=54368.html#coc+denies+hamelin+will+carry+canadian+flag

  3. According to a piece on EurovisionSportsTV, the ceremony is divided into 3 parts.

    One, named "I Am Canadian" I think, is a humorous take on Canada featuring 4 of the country's major comedy exports (my guess is perhaps Russell Peters? Maybe Jim Carrey? Samantha Bee and Jason Jones from the Daily Show?)

    He stressed the ceremony is quite funny, and features "3 of Canada's top exports - innovation, talent, and comedy".

  4. I think that could've been incorporated into the Sacred Grove section...like a "House" or "Scrubs" segment...to show Canada's advance in medicine and then the medical staff tosses their scrubs and come out as maple-leaf druids!! And the baby pops out of Celine a la Alien!! It would've been a terrific number!

    :lol: :lol:

    The baby better cry in French though, or the Official Languages Commissioner will have a fit again.

  5. For those still wondering about the lack of Celine - she had this to say:

    "Some people claimed she was unhappy with the placement she was being offered on the program. Others claimed she refused to go along with VANOC's "no live performance, all lip-synch" edict, while a third group insisted she was displeased with the choice of songs she was asked to perform.

    But Dion is eager to lay all those rumours to rest. "I was invited, it was true, but I couldn't come because that was the exact day they had set for my in-vitro surgery. When you engage yourself clinically to have a baby, the body decides when you're ready. My body was being monitored. I had to be very careful.

    "But if I had been able, I would have been there gladly. And I would have sung any song at any place at any time that they wanted me to. You don't go to the Olympics and say, `I want to do my song.' Everybody is there on a mission."

    As frequently happens when Dion gets emotional, her words keep tumbling out. "Some people don't realize that the Olympics are not a show. We're supposed to be there to celebrate the achievements of young kids from around the world who are sometimes even giving their lives for the honour of their countries."

    You can hear the tears welling up in her voice as you speak. "You have to understand, last Friday, the day of the opening ceremonies, was also the day of my surgery. I was under anaesthesia, moving in and out of consciousness the whole time. ...

    "I guess that is one reason I was emotionally very involved. The tragedy of that young man." She's speaking of Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died during a trial luge run. "How can you not be touched?"

    http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/article/767762--sincerely-celine-dion ""How can you not be touched?"

  6. Measha Brueggergosman's performance was, by the way, the best of an Olympic Anthem since at least the Athens 2004 closing ceremony -- with a rich orchestral introduction and accompaniment, and a great vocal performance. Beijing delivered a quite underwhelming performance in that regard, with those two a cappella versions. And not to speak of Torino which had maybe the most loveless Olympic Anthem "performances" (it was only an abbreviated version of a 50-year-old instrumental recording for the IOC!) in history. I wonder who will perform the anthem in the closing ceremony?

    Wholeheartedly agree. I thought Measha was fabulous. But then she always is.

  7. More

    -wales

    -cauldron legs

    -Joni singing live

    -smiles on great ones

    -Celine (sorry canadians, she sings better than the tween)

    -untangled flags

    -razors for poets

    -KD Langs voice

    Less

    -fiddles

    -tap dancing

    -faux punks

    -ice zombies

    -fabric mountains

    -close-ups of american snowboarders (more cute europeans please)

    -audience drums that sound dull

    -random native(?) Dancing

    -quilted jackets

    -KD Langs outfit

    Really? I thought the fiddles/ tap dancing/ faux punks were awesome! As was the poet! Though that kind of thing - as wonderfully original as it was - doesn't work for anyone who doesn't speak English, so I'm not sure it was the best decision.

    It's come out that Celine was asked but declined because she's in hospital at the moment undergoing IVF again... Good luck to her with that. For all her idiosyncrasies - and we Canucks like to have a good laugh at her expense - she's a mighty talented and very philanthropic gal, and by all accounts a fabulous mom. I may not be a fan, but I hope she gets her baby.

  8. The Bryan Adams/ Nelly song was truly embarrassing. That was my low point of the evening. As was the national anthem.

    Other than that, a nice ceremony. Would prefer a live Joni and Leonard or Rufus Wainwright doing Hallelujah instead of k.d. - though she was great,too. As was Garou and Measha. Michael Buble and Diana Krall should have been there - they live just down the road and are BC's finest, so that was disappointing and a glaring omission.

    Aboriginal segments were just right, I think. Loved the fiddler piece and the poetry. Visually beautiful, except the cauldron is darn ugly.

    Bottom line: whoever wrote that O Canada arrangement should be lynched! I feel sorry for Nikki, because she's a truly mega-talented kid, but they gave her a dud to work with, and she's taking all the blame for it.

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