Demi Lovato at the Oakdale Theater

Demi Lovato performed a show from her Neon Lights tour at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford CT, on Sunday March 9.

Lovato’s two opening acts, Fifth Harmony and Little Mix kicked off the show, and she had the young magician, Collins Key age 17, from America’s Got Talent, act as an M.C for the night.

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Fifth Harmony, a girl band who got their start off the second season of America’s latest singing competition X-Factor, consists of five young members: Allyson Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei Hamilton, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello, and Dinah Jane Hansen.

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I was pleasantly surprised with how well the girls performed. They started the show off energetically, and even if audience members didn’t know the words to their songs, everyone was up on their feet dancing.

They opened with a single off of their EP Better Together, called “Me & My Girls”, ended with “Miss. Movin’ On”, and they also performed a cover of a Destiny’s Child’s song “Independent Women”.

Set List:
Me & My Girls
Better Together
Leave My Heart Out of This
Independent Women (Destiny’s Child cover)
Don’t Wanna Dance Alone
Miss. Movin’ On

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The second opening act, Little Mix, is a UK based girl band that won the eighth season of the UK X-Factor, made up of four members: Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

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Personally, I have been a big fan of Little Mix for a while now so I was beyond excited to see them live for the first time, and they did not disappoint. They played songs off their first, album DNA, and their Sophomore album Salute, that was just recently released in the states in February, along with a cover song by the 1990s girl band En Vogue.

Little Mix’s ability to perform and keep the crowd entertained was great from start to finish. Their high energy dancing during their songs “Salute” and “Move” were matched with heart felt lyrics from their newest single, “Little Me”. The charisma on stage and the friendship that they share, showed during their performances and it made it even more enjoyable to watch.

Set List:
Salute
Move
DNA
Don’t Let Go (En Vogue cover)
Little Me
How Ya Doin’? (a capella)
Word Up
Wings

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Finally, after two hours of waiting Demi Lovato took the stage. She opened with her first single, “Heart Attack”, off her fourth album titled Demi, and the excitement didn’t die down until she ended her encore with “Give Your Heart a Break”, a song from her third album, Unbroken.

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Lovato mashed up songs from all four of her albums going back as far as “The Middle” from her first album Don’t Forget, and “Remember December” from her second album Here We Go Again.

During her performance of “Nightengale”, a heart felt song that Lovato says is about a close friend of hers that passed away, the singer teared up but still powered through the ballad.

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I don’t think there was a dry eye in the arena when Lovato gave a beautiful speech about her time recovering from an Eating Disorder and other mental health issues, urging her fans to Stay Strong and get help if they need it. She followed up her speech with her song “Warrior” off her newest album Demi.

She also sang her cover of the Oscar-winning song “Let it Go” from the Oscar-winning movie Frozen, that is set to be released on DVD March 18.

Lovato’s fresh approach to performing was a nice spin on the overall concert experience. There was very little down time, with each song melding together into the next. Her energy was high and she interacted with the crowd as much as she could, sometimes even going as far as taking selfies with fans from the stage. Lovato sang her heart out and put on a performance that was worth paying for.

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Set List:
Heart Attack
Remember December
Fire Starter
The Middle
Really Don’t Care
Nightengale
Two Pieces
Warrior
Let It Go
Don’t Forget
Unbroken
Neon Lights

Encore:
Skyscraper
Give Your Heart A Break

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