The chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation lashed out at critics only hours after he admitted on the Nine Network there were too many boring speeches. "They were way too long tonight".
The event was criticised for letting the athletes into the stadium before the ceremony kicked off, effectively eliminating the traditional "entrance" that many viewers look forward to.
"Did we stuff it up? Yes".
Aussie pop act Sheppard found themselves at the centre of a controversy surrounding artist payments at the Commonwealth Games when this week they spoke of being offered the opportunity to play at the opening ceremony for an "honorarium fee" and "exposure". "Again, we got that wrong", Beattie tweeted.
The attraction of miles of sandy beaches and the bright blue Pacific Ocean that laps up to them can not have hurt some make up their minds to head to the Gold Coast, but there was also a sense on not wanting to miss out.
The part of the closing ceremony that organisers made a decision to broadcast included performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im. Australian performers included Anthony Callea, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Guy Sebastian, Archie Roach and Amy Shark, while Yothu Yindi performed Treaty as the finale.
Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas were left underwhelmed by the Closing Ceremony.
Mary Kom is one of the most prominent sportspersons in India and the first sitting member of Parliament to win a medal at a major event.
There was also concern after a large portion of the athletes and spectators left the ceremony before it had finished, leaving the stadium looking a little bare. We were driven by the welfare of athletes.
For his part, Mr Beattie has apologised for the closing ceremony, telling Karl Stefanovic on Today that he accepted "full responsibility".
Beattie said organizers had meant to spare athletes a long wait before entering the venue but had got the broadcasting decision wrong. "We got that wrong".
Griggs said she had never seen a stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony.
Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolts plays the DJ desks during the closing ceremony. To be perfectly honest Jo, so have we. "They were definitely there with me", she said. "I should not have spoken".