Britney Spears returns to Orlando with a slew of fresh talent
Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 17:07
Five powerful female artists, headlined by Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj, brought a mix of hip-hop, pop, rap and techno as the The Femme Fatale tour made its way to Orlando's Amway Center.
NERVO, a group comprised of twin sisters Mim and Liv Nervo, opened the show on Wednesday, July 20. This DJ duo brought the crowd's energy up upon entry, as they played remixes of Katy Perry, 30 Seconds to Mars and Cobra Starship.
For the first time on tour in the United States, Jessie and the Toy Boys performed new singles, "Push It" and "Money Makes The Girl Go Round." Jessie Malakouti, who leads the band, said all she has ever wanted to do was make happy pop songs, and she is doing just that.
She moved out on her own at a young age and decided to pursue her music career in the United Kingdom for almost two years. But, she wanted to come back to the U.S. to compete in the up-and-coming pop music scene, giving her an opportunity to be a part of the tour.
"It is amazing to be on tour, to be up on stage singing songs that I wrote," Malakouti said. "I am a major Britney Spears fan and Nicki Minaj fan. I have to pinch myself everyday being on tour with them."
She said her biggest inspirations are Madonna, Missing Persons and No Doubt.
"My fans have been so patient with me and so supportive, I would not be here without them," Malakouti said. "My biggest goal is to have ‘Push It' become a No. 1 record around the world by the end of the tour."
Nicki Minaj, who is known for her unique, out-there styles and multi-colored wigs kept it a little less wacky on the tour. She sported a blonde wig as she opened with "Roman's Revenge." She also sang "Moment 4 Life," "Did It On'em," "Super Bass" and many more.
"My favorite moment of the concert was when Nicki left the stage and then came back for an encore to sing "Super Bass," Ashley Kohrt, a UCF graduate in pre-clinical allied health science, said. "It was a great song to end her set on, and I think it got everyone pumped up to see Britney."
She said before the concert she was a bigger fan of Spears, but after seeing Minaj perform she downloaded her album off of iTunes because she was so impressed with her performance.
Full of glitter from head-to-toe, Spears took the stage about two hours into the show. With plenty of backup dancers and stage props galore, she played songs from previous albums, but mostly stuck with her seventh studio album, titled Femme Fatale, which was released on March 29, 2011.
Fans screamed as she performed "Womanizer," "If U Seek Amy," "(Drop Dead) Beautiful," "Gimme More," "Till the World Ends" and the lead single off Femme Fatale, "Hold It Against Me," which has become Spears' fourth U.S. No. 1 single. The album debuted on top of the Billboard 200 chart and made Spears the only female artist ever to have six albums debut at No. 1, and have seven albums debut in the top two spots.
UCF junior political science major, Gina Huber said, "My favorite moment of the night was the opening song and beginning of Britney's performance, the adrenaline started to pump, the feeling was awesome."
Being such a big fan of Spears, Huber said she received the concert ticket as a birthday gift from her friends and it was one of the best nights she was able to share with her friends.
"Britney will always rock the stage, she even brought fans on the stage to dance with her and the energy at that moment was priceless," UCF junior marketing major Samantha Blanco said. "The ticket price was worth it and the show was amazing."