OK jen, i watched it - for the whole four & a half hours! <P>can't believe i sat there for that long - though i have no trouble sitting at the computer for that long! <P>what to say? well, the little girl was excellent!<P>
<P>julie anthony can sing, that's for sure - but i thought none of the others had voices that were strong enough for the task. i can appreciate olivia newton-john, and i thought she looked beautiful, and showed a nice warm spirit - but again, a voice that is not completely suited to such a huge size arena - which brings me to 'arena': tina, that is...<BR>she was OK, but i found the other young singer really embarrassing...weak and unsuitable (and wearing a horrible suit!). i'm afraid it made me think she must be related to someone!.....<P>john farnham is apparently - so i'm told - a nice guy...but he has never appealed to me as a singer.<P>that damned fountain/torch thing! how cringeful for cathy freeman!
for those who didn't see it, it was spectacular, quite magnificent, the culmination of the whole thing when the torch was lit - and the mechanics appear to have seized up, and the darn thing wouldn't MOVE -as it was supposed to - progressing uppwards to the heavens.<P>when it finally DID happen, after an embarrassing delay for poor cathy freeman standing there, wet thru, cold and trying to look triumphant - it WAS worth the wait, but oh there must have been some VERY upset people there last night!<P>the 'dance' i actually have trouble getting a grip on what WAS the dance? there was lots of formation/pattern stuff: wildflower shapes, human map of australia, etc.<P>the tap section was tap - easily identifiable, but i thought not really necessary....the irish dance sction was even more superfluous (IMO)... the aboriginal stuff was the really appropriate dance content, i suppose. i liked the wandjina.<P>
<P>i might venture to suggest that for me, the lighting was the star of the show!<P>what did you think ofit all, jennifer? (and anyone else?)<p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited September 17, 2000).]