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High On Energy And Estrogen; PopWrapped Reviews Demi Lovato's Neon Lights Tour

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Updated 03/11/2014 1:57pm
High On Energy And Estrogen; PopWrapped Reviews Demi Lovato's Neon Lights Tour
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Kaitlin Banks

Staff Writer

@BanksXO16

Lovatics, rejoice! Demi Lovato has hit the road again, leaving behind projects such as a role on Glee, and a seat at the X Factor judges’ table to focus on what matters most to her –music. In interviews, Demi has stressed that this tour is unlike anything she’s done before –and she wasn’t kidding! Upon taking their seats, the crowd was entertained by up and coming 17-year-old DJ, Cole Plante. Next, an America’s Got Talent finalist took the stage. But he’s not a singer –he’s a magician. Say what?! 17-year-old magician, Collins Key warmed up the crowd in between acts, pulling audience members on stage and blowing everybody’s mind with his insane and wacky tricks. (I was pulled onto the stage for a trick and I’m still trying to figure out how on earth he did it). [gallery ids="37919,37920"] Looking at the lineup of performers, it’s no secret that this tour is all about the girl power (and the X Factor connections!) With two girl groups, Fifth Harmony and Little Mix, as openers, the estrogen in the room is through the roof. Fifth Harmony, who came in third on the second season of the US version of X Factor, hit the stage first to unexpected deafening screams. Dance and R&B influences could clearly be heard in their set, especially in songs like “Don’t Wanna Dance Alone.” The highlight of their set, though, was their cover of Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women.” Yes, all the women in the crowd were throwing their hands up, moms included. It’s obvious Fifth Harmony is still new to performing, especially to large crowds. They attempted some choreography, but they still lack the precision of girl groups that have come before them.
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Next, the first group to win the UK version of the X Factor, Little Mix, performed against a backdrop of the British flag, along with four male dancers. The group performed songs from their two albums, DNA and Salute. Their performance was everything you want from a girl group and more. The harmonies were fantastic, the choreography was on point, and how could you not adore those British accents?! The girls offered up a treat to the audience, performing their song “How Ya Doin?” a capella, showing off their true talent. Little Mix will be replaced by Cher Lloyd (another previous X Factor contestant) starting on March 20 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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When the lights dimmed and the crowd was ready for Demi Lovato to hit the stage, you could just feel the anxious energy in the room. The large screen in the back played video of Demi swimming in a dress, starting to drown. Then the first lines of her hit single, “Heart Attack” could be heard as she appeared on stage. The high energy performance set the tone for the rest of the show. This tour provides a little bit of everything for everyone. Whether you’ve been a fan since Camp Rock, or you just bought her album yesterday, Demi makes sure this is a new experience for the entire audience. She performs songs from all four of her albums, even bringing back some songs she hasn’t performed in years. “The Middle” off of her debut album, Don’t Forget, makes an appearance on the setlist and she shows off on the drums in the intro. “Stop the World” off of her sophomore album, Here We Go Again, is a treat she brings back with a little help from creative and musical director, Nick Jonas (only on select dates). Demi even surprises fans with a slowed down R&B version of her pop rock hit, “Here We Go Again,” and it’s even better than the original: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XczVfYs5VGY [/embed] The Neon Lights Tour proves one thing; Demi has no intentions of being a pure popstar. She remains fully clothed and shows minimal skin, and the girl loves to just head bang and rock out. (Think something along the lines of Kelly Clarkson –showing off your vocals rather than your body). Even some of her more pop-sounding songs, get a bit more of a rock edge in the live performance, especially in her sassy song, “Really Don’t Care”: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XczVfYs5VGY [/embed] If you take one thing away from Demi’s show, it’s that the connection she has with her fans is unlike any other. Demi took a moment before performing “Warrior,” the song that most clearly points to her overcoming her past struggles, to simply sit down at the piano and talk to the audience. “It breaks my heart to witness people and young women out here harm themselves, whether it’s from suffering from an eating disorder, whether it’s from bullying, if it’s a mental illness, if you’re drinking and using, whatever it is, I just want you to know that I see it happening and it breaks my heart and I know you guys can do better than that.” She even told the crowd that she hopes that her show can provide an escape from reality and any issues they may be dealing with. I could not see a dry eye around me. The audience went from dancing and having a good time to all of a sudden hugging strangers next to them, telling them everything would be okay. If that isn’t an example of the power of music, or how inspirational Demi is to her fans, I’m not sure what is.
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Check out the entire Neon Lights Tour setlist below. Did your favorite Demi song make the cut? Heart Attack Remember December Fire Starter The Middle Really Don’t Care Stop the World (only on select dates with Nick Jonas) Catch Me (with Nick Jonas on select dates) Here We Go Again (with Nick Jonas on select dates) Made In The USA Nightingale Two Pieces Warrior Let It Go Don’t Forget Got Dynamite Unbroken Neon Lights Encore: Skyscraper Give Your Heart a Break Until next time friends!

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