Whether you followed along with NBC's prime-time coverage or treated yourself to the live web cast, there were plenty of nods to Great Britain's rich musical history during last night's Olympics' Closing Ceremony—relive the magic here! Jessie J performed Queen's "We Will Rock You" with Brian May, Roger Taylor, and band, a fitting choice for both the occasion and the locale, and yet viewers around the world haven't been shy in voicing their displeasure about the near sacrilege that went down. Loudly.
I hate Jessie J even more after her ruining we will rock you. Poor Freddie mercury will be turning in his grave
— kayleigh holmes (@kholmesirons90) August 13, 2012
She wasn't our first choice to perform the quintessential arena song, but her performance was appropriately theatrical, and a heck of a lot better a rendition than others have put forth over the years. Since rising from the grave or lending his face to a hologram weren't options this time around, Jessie J wasn't the most terrible choice director David Arnold could have gone with. Haters gonna hate—because of her bangs, lyrics, or the ubiquity of "Domino"—and yet, Jessie is a BRIT School grad whose triple platinum debut has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. If Taio Cruz and Tinie Tempah can get screentime in their home country, why shouldn't she? Also, it helps that Adele is probably on bed rest right now.
For a song that's been performed at every amateur sporting event around the world, as well as middle school choral recitals and local karaoke nights, is her version truly worthy of the hate? Here's a brief defense of her performance, which many can't seem to stop complaining about today.
1. SHE WORE A NUDE-ILLUSION UNITARD
Not everyone can compete with Freddie's bare chest, and this look is a nice tribute to the plethora of colorful spandex designs he donned over the years.
Give her points for trying; would you wear that in front of 26 million people?
2. SHE DIDN'T HOLD BACK ON THE AIR GUITAR
Rock band has taught her well.
3. SHE SANG
Like, really sang. Live, even! Disregard the unnecessary squeal at 1:01.
4. SHE RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM QUEEN'S BRIAN MAY
We see no signs of his attempts to run away.
5. AS WELL AS HER PEERS
A hug from Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs! That's at least worth a cup of tea or free ride on the tube.
6. AND FROM FREDDIE MERCURY HIMSELF
Watching carefully over his baby. Any real disrespect would have warranted the rolling over Twitter was hoping for.
6. SHE RESISTED THE URGE TO INCORPORATE ROMAN GLADIATORS INTO HER PERFORMANCE
Unlike Pepsi's ad campaign from 2004. Ouch.
7. SHE REFRAINED FROM ADDING A RAP AND LEATHER TRENCH COATS
The members of Five can't say the same.
8. SHE SHOWED HER CRITICS HOW SHE REALLY FEELS
"Kiss my..." eh, you know the rest.
9. SHE GOT THE CROWD TO LEAVE THEIR SEATS
As was likely intended.
10. SHE FLAUNTED HER BEST FREDDIE POSE
Chest hair to come.
11. ADELE IS PROBABLY ON BED REST
It bears repeating. Unfortunately for her fellow performers, this won't last forever.
Now that wasn't so terrible, was it? Let's all take comfort in knowing it could have been a lot worse.
Although we all know who you'd really like to have seen step in to sing the song.