Olympics Opening Ceremony promises big surprise

Published On: Jul 27 2012 10:46:04 AM HST   Updated On: Jul 27 2012 11:53:16 AM HST

Friday night is the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony, and "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle is running the show.

People aren't the greatest at keeping secrets, but few hate to spoil a surprise. That observation plus a clever hashtag equals success for the Oscar-winning director.

While athletes wrap themselves around what it means to be an Olympian and crews wrap up last-minute details outside the Olympic Stadium, the secret of what will happen inside at the Opening Ceremony remained under wraps.

"Hopefully (singer) Adele will be there. We don't know. I'm looking forward to it. Maybe the queen will show up," said Team USA hurdler Aries Merritt.

It took Boyle four years to plan the show that 1 billion are expected to watch.

"We're the first games where social networking plays such a big role. To keep anything a surprise is difficult," Boyle said.

That's why he came up with #savethesurprise. It's effective and fun.

@flutelicious writes, "The climax where the queen and (President Barack) Obama sing 'Don't Go Breaking my Heart' on roller skates is unbelievable."

People actually started using the hashtag to call each other out on leaks.

@suzyj posted, "I was just unfriended on Gacebook by a gamesmaker as I asked her not to post pictures to Opening Ceremony spoilers."

"Save the surprise. It's positive and it will delight people," Boyle said.

Boyle said part of his show will celebrate instant communication. He said he'll do his best to keep the show on time and that the the biggest challenge is planning for the Parade of Nations, since he has no idea how many athletes will show up Friday night.



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