BUT BIEBER DIDN’T SING, SAY THE BELIEBERS

Pop star lip-syncs badly at first In­dia con­cert; fans feel cheated af­ter the huge build-up

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Pop star Justin Bieber’s first ever con­cert in In­dia set Navi Mum­bai churn­ing from Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, with tens of thou­sands of fans head­ing for the venue, DY Patil Sta­dium. Most of them sang along and danced to the mu­sic dur­ing the show, but sev­eral also ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment that Bieber ap­peared to be mostly lip­sync­ing. Also, the 23-yearold Cana­dian su­per­star’s per­for­mance was con­sid­ered “low on en­ergy” by some fans.

“It’s like [Justin] is play­ing it straight from his CD. I can­not be­lieve that he is pulling this off. It’s quite clear that he is not singing these songs,” said Amit Sarkar, who had been wait­ing for this live con­cert since Fe­bru­ary.

Amit wasn’t the only one who no­ticed this. Tina Joshi, another young fan at the con­cert, felt let down by the look and sound of the pop idol. “Maybe it’s the heat and he is not used to it. It’s dis­ap­point­ing to see him per­form like this,” she said. “I ex­pected him to sing LIVE, but he just sounds like his songs on my play list.”

While some were dis­ap­pointed that Bieber didn’t sing live — ef­fec­tively de­feat­ing the pur­pose of a live show — some oth­ers were heart­bro­ken that their favourite pop star didn’t sing some of his pop­u­lar num­bers. “He did not sing I’m the one!” re­torted a fan, Anurag Dixit, when asked what, for him, was the low point of the con­cert. “It’s such a nice song... my favourite. I don’t know why he didn’t sing it,” he added.

How­ever, Bieber’s dance troupe was flaw­less, as ob­served by the au­di­ence. “I think the dancers were his only saviours,” said con­cert at­tendee Sid­dharth Arora, adding, “Hon­estly, it was a bit un­der­whelm­ing from him, con­sid­er­ing that this was his first show here [in In­dia]. He has promised to come back, and I’m keep­ing my fin­gers crossed for the next time.”

WAS IT THE HEAT, OR DID HE JUST NOT CARE? MANY FANS AT THE MUM­BAI CON­CERT FELT LET DOWN BY JUSTIN BIEBER’S ‘LOW ON EN­ERGY’ SHOW

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