Commonwealth Games 2018 closing ceremony is being ripped to shreds

By Ally Parker April 16, 2018


To say the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony was a flop would be a bit of an understatement.

'Epic flop' is more appropriate tbh.

Channel Seven host Johanna Griggs herself criticised the ceremony live on air.

When cameras crossed back to Johanna and co-host Basil Zempilas seconds after Sunday night’s broadcast wrapped the pair wasted no time in sharing their feelings:

“Look, we understand many people have been disappointed by tonight’s Closing Ceremony,” Zempilas told viewers.

“To be perfectly honest Jo, so have we. It hasn’t really lived up to expectations. I’ve got to say it’s about the only thing they got wrong. They did get it wrong tonight.”

Viewers have criticised performances, formalities and most of all, the decision to not show the athletes — or flag bearer Kurt Fearnley — entering the stadium.

“I’m sorry, you’re being way too polite,” Griggs said to Basil.

“People are thinking that Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fearnley ... We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters.

They made the decision not to have athletes enter the stadium. I’m furious. Actually wrecking a tradition that is so important ... You want to see the athletes come in. You want to see them jumping in front of camera. You want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport. We missed out on all of that.”

"We’ve never seen a stadium as empty as this. So soon after the conclusion of a Closing Ceremony,” he said. “To be brutally honest, most of the athletes left during the ceremony. The speeches — look, we understand the dignitaries need to get their messages out there, including the Birmingham presentation. [But] They were way too long tonight. Way too long. Dare I say, a little self-indulgent.”

The below is from the opening ceremony but... sums things up pretty well:

Image: Getty / Michael Dodge / Stringer