Leave it to Bieber

Leave it to Bieber
Pop singer Justin Bieber performing at the Singapore Grand Prix Closing Concert held at the Padang on 23 September 2013.

Review: Concert


Singapore Grand Prix Closing Concert


Pop singer Justin Bieber's second outing in Singapore gave the impression that he had a lot to prove.

To the critics, he wanted to show them that he was not just in it for his 15 minutes of fame. To the paparazzi, he wanted to send the message that he could fight them off and still look good doing it.

To his young fans, the 19-year-old Canadian wanted to assure them he was not the douchebag that the media often paints him to be.

Hence, his 105-minute concert was punctuated with home videos of him as an adorable toddler playing the drums or monkeying around; or slick, short videos such as one of him fighting off unwanted cameras.

He got his message across loud and clear.

Compared to his bland performance two years ago at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Bieber the Performer - not Bieber the Diva - turned up for this concert to close the Formula One weekend.

Back then, he got 10,000 fans screaming for him, possibly because he was the "It" boy of the moment.

This time around, he reminded the 12,000 fans who turned out on a sweaty school night why they were in still in love with him.

He turned up on time at 8.15pm, as advertised, in an all white-ensemble of a vest and his trademark harem pants slung low. With his sunglasses on, he launched into All Around The World. It was non-stop from there as he ran through his earlier hits such as Somebody To Love and Never Say Never.

But the concert was dominated by songs from his latest, and third album, Believe, also the name of his current tour. He performed a slew of hits from this album, including As Long As You Love Me, Catching Feelings and Beauty And A Beat - his hit song with American rapper Nicki Minaj.

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