Fans of the Olympics may have felt divided by loyalties to different athletes and countries, but many U.S. viewers, at least, found themselves relatively united on one front — criticism of NBC's coverage of the Summer Games.
The network's strategy of airing tape-delayed events in prime time drew the ire of countless viewers — A-listers and non-celebrities alike — on Twitter and other forms of social media, as they learned of the results ahead of time via the Internet or other media. (The events were streamed live on NBCOlympics.com.) The backlash was so extensive that it prompted the creation of a new hashtag, "#nbcfail", on Twitter.
[SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't watched the Olympic Closing Ceremonies and don't want to know how it all went down, don't read any further.]
As with the Opening Ceremony two weeks ago, details of Sunday's Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics have been kept tightly under wraps, but one thing is certain — British talent will be front and center.
In addition to the Spice Girls, who reunited especially for the event, the celebration, titled "A Symphony of British Music," will also feature performances from One Direction and the also-reunited Wham!.
Tuesday's America's Got Talent's featured some of the most notable acts from the show's Top 48, including the Judges' Choices. But with only four acts continuing on, there is some stiff competition as the contestants head into Wednesday's results show.
While Eric Dittelman may have stunned us all when he read the mind of judge Howie Mandel, there were two acts which undeniably stole the show — for better or for worse.
Best performance of the night: William Close
Playing what he claims to be the world's largest stringed instrument, a self-made "Earth Harp," Close plucked away on the massive strings, creating a hauntingly beautiful rendition of The Who's "Love, Reign o'er Me."
Glee mastermind Ryan Murphy is planning a remake of The Who's 1969 rock opera Tommy in upcoming episode of the Fox show, according to The Chicago Tribune.