"Am I watching the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony or Australian Idol?" You want to see the athletes coming in, you want to see them jumping in front of the camera, you want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport.
Artists who performed at last night's ceremony have been reluctant to address widespread criticism because they don't want to weigh into the "politics" of the highly-orchestrated event. Did we stuff it up?
But Fearnley also emphasised the success of the Games, which he said had been "the best and most inclusive Games".
Channel Seven hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas expressed their frustration following the two-and-a-half hour ceremony, which did not feature the athletes entering the stadium to the traditional chorus of cheers. "And, to be honest, so have we. It hasn't really lived up to expectations" said Zempalas.
'We are the Australian rights holders, so we can only show you the footage provided by the actual hosts broadcasters. they made the decision not to show the athletes entering the stadium. She had to fight and she used her experience and class. "Amit (Panghal) is tremendously talented, but got a very good opponent in the final, Manish (Kaushik) had the toughest draw and Satish (Kumar) had a tough fight in the final (before they settled for silver)".
The ceremony has been described as lacking star power, even with sprinting legend Usain Bolt hitting the DJ decks and dancing with mascot Borobi during the spectacle.
Speaking to Manx Radio after the race, the 27-year-old Brand, who is diabetic and rides for Team Novo Nordisk, said: "I met some guy up there and he switched bikes with me, some spectator".
The ceremony was largely panned on social media, with critics upset about the lack of focus on athletes, quality of the musical performances, speeches and the length of the event.
Athletes, punters and reporters alike were left confused and disappointed as athletes and the flag bearing ceremony was left out the broadcast. "They were way too long tonight".
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie earlier stopped short of declaring the Games the best ever, but said they were "innovative" and "inspirational".
That haul for the Kelowna, B.C. -born athlete included a gold medal in the women's 200m freestyle, where she also recorded a new Games record.
Host country Australia stood first in the medals tally by bagging 198 medals while England got the second position by winning 136 medals in all.