More people than ever tuned in to this year's Olympics opening ceremonies. Sir Paul McCartney was selected as the performer to close out the ceremonies. McCartney was very emotional during the performance, particularly at the start of it. Unfortunately, some are of the opinion that the popular UK boyband One Direction would have been a better choice than Sir Paul McCartney.
Tony Hadley said, "If I'm honest I would have liked a really young band to have closed it."
It's not that Hadley necessarily has anything against McCartney, rather, his reasons have more to do with incorporating the younger generation.
Hadley explained, "If you've got Sir Steve Redgrave handing over the torch to the youngsters, it would have been nice to have had One Direction. They're our biggest export at the moment, pure pop."
Tony even had thought it out as far as to say that the 1D guysÂ—Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn MalikÂ—should have performed a number "with the Royal Philharmonic, with about 100 singers in a choir, behind them. To me that would have been the new generation kind of thing."
Tony Hadley's point of view is certainly interesting, though many will argue that Sir Paul McCartney was the ideal choice of performer, as he is such a huge name, not only in Great Britain, but all around the world. Perhaps he was chosen as a way of saying goodbye to the older generation, before turning things over to today's youth.
What do you thinkÂ—was McCartney the right choice, or would you have been happier to have One Direction perform instead?