The Voices of Qatar
How far would you go to see Pharell Williams? New York, Boston, perhaps even as close as Abu Dhabi? Well, you didn't need to travel out of Doha on January 22. Pharrell Williams performed live in our city and, contrary to what most people think, it was a packed, sold-out event.
The ‘happy man' surveyed the stadium at one point, almost in disbelief. He called out for peace in the Middle East and got the crowd on its feet in no time.
Not to be outdone, Gwen Stefani and her dancers wowed the audience with their Qatari designer outfits and chutzpah. With doubts about the performance till the very last minute, no one was any the wiser till the announcers mentioned that she would indeed be performing after the two handball matches on January 24. As the ‘Hollaback girl' caught her breath, she revealed that it's been eight years since she last sang some of these songs. “I love you Qatar, call us back,” shouted a delighted Gwen. We hope indeed that someone is listening.
And in one of the most high-energy performances ever witnessed in Losail, Jason Derulo brought the roof down with his slick dance moves and international hits like ‘ Wiggle', ‘Trumpets' and ‘Talk Dirty'. Though obviously lipsyncing (he wasn't even trying to hide it), Derulo kept the crowd on its feet, singing to besotted young ladies in the front rows and posing for selfies. The attendence was decent despite the short notice and it being a weekday but the atmosphere was super charged on account of the Qatar win and the thrilling Spain-Denmark match.
Even as we go to print, the organisers have announced that singers Taio Cruz and Kylie Mingoue will perform on the final day.
Pharrell Williams makes everyone "Happy"