Once again it’s the holiday season, and select cities nationwide are embarking on a one of a kind music tour known as Jingle Ball. Performers in each city varied, ranging from Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Macklemore, Avril Lavign and Miley Cyrus to name a few. The event in each city is hosted by the local radio stations that are part of the iHeart Radio Clear Channel Communications network, sponsored this year by The Ryan Seacrest Foundation. On Tuesday December 10, 2013 the tour stopped in St. Paul Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center, hosted by 101.3 KDWB. Things would start out in the afternoon with the pre-party bash, featuring pop newcomers, Austin Mahone, and The X-Factor’s all female quintet, Fifth Harmony.
The tour pulled out all the stops, including a red carpet, and many opportunities for fans to meet their favorite artists with meet and greets, and upgraded tickets to the show. Fifth Harmony would start things out with ‘Ms. Moving On’ and cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Red.’ There would be a short break, and then Grammy nominated Robin Thicke would walk on stage to ‘Give It 2 U’ the follow up to Thickes’ biggest hit to date, ‘Blurred Lines.’
Next up would be a band that admitted they didn’t quite fit in the mix of pop stars, but agreed that they certainly do change things up a bit, with their unique blend of rock music. No other band has reintroduced rock music, quite like Fall Out Boy. ‘My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em’ Up) seems to be the group’s latest anthem. FOB seemed to be the perfect addition to the tour, rocking the crowd of just over 13,000 during their six song set.
Ariana Grande, a name that soon the whole world will know, was up next, and even though she appears calm and collected on stage, Grande admits she goes in panic mode when it comes to red carpet events. She prefers to stay away from things like that, but knows that is not the way this business works. Grande started things out with ‘Honeymoon Avenue’ and even did a nice remake of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas.’ Noticeably gone from her set list was her latest hit, ‘Tattooed Heart’, which she blew everyone away with her performance at the American Music Awards.
Latin sensation, Enrique Iglesias dazzled the crowd with ‘Heart Attack’ which Pop star Demi Lovato has recorded a song of the same name, Iglesias did not perform his mega-hit hero, which was disappointing.Rapper Flo Rida was to take the stage next and he performed a few of his hits including the club anthem ‘Low’.
One thing that was particularly interesting was the fact that pop singer Austin Mahone was opening for Miley Cyrus. It would seem that Mahone would have opened the show, followed by Fifth Harmony. Thicke, Iglesias or Fall Out Boy should have maybe opened for her, due to her position in the industry as a headlining artist.
Finally the main event, the performer that this crowd had been waiting for all night long, was about ready to take the stage. The cries and screams of thousands flooded the Xcel Energy Center as Miley Cyrus walked out on stage adorned in a fluffy white fur coat with a red leotard underneath, which is always a staple with Cyrus.
She began with ‘Party in the USA’ which got this already hyped up crowd, now on overdrive, to their feet. On stage where female backup singers and dancers dressed in white leotards with a little Christmas touch. Cyrus also had a woman dressed up as a green Christmas tree with ornaments and a female midget dressed in a silver tight body suit.
A few times during the performance Cyrus would slap the midget on the butt, and lean up against man dressed as Santa Claus, who happens to be Cyrus’ assistant, she figured she would put him to work on stage too.
Strangely, there was no heavy twerking, just maybe a little bump here and there. Cyrus performed a version of the Lana Del Rey hit ‘Summertime Sadness’ and would ultimately end the night with ‘Wrecking Ball’, which after it concluded, confetti was shot from a few cannons near the stage. KDWB and tour personnel really pulled everything off with this lineup. The hard part is how do you top a list of artists such as this for next year? That’s going to be the fun part, and we are looking forward to it!