Viewers poke fun at Australia’s ‘tourism advert’ at Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

Viewers have poked fun at Australia’s Commonwealth Games closing ceremony ‘commercial’ – before being treated to a surprise appearance from rock legend Ozzy Osbourne. 

Dexys Midnight Runners, UB40, Jorja Smith and Mahalia all performed on Monday to showcase the best of Birmingham’s talent- and organisers saved the best for last, as Osbourne drew the event to a close and belted out Black Sabbath’s Paranoid to celebrate 11 days of the sporting competition.

Australia is set to host the next Commonwealth Games in 2026, but before the flag was symbolically lowered and handed over to Governor Linda Dessau, a one-minute video montage of Victoria played during a performance by Taylor Henderson.

Fans were quick to mock the BBC for ‘ruining’ the ceremony and likened the footage, which showcased natural scenery and a glowing sunrise, to a ‘Visit Australia TV advertisement’.

One Twitter user, Callum Reid, wrote: ‘I walked out of the room for two minutes and the Birmingham closing ceremony…

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