A New York-inspired stage set — covered in graffiti along with multi-leveled platforms and personal pull up bars —was the perfect playground for superstar Jason Derulo and his six background dancers to perform for two hours in New York City's Best Buy Theater on his Talk Dirty Tour stop Wednesday night.
A mixed crowd of teenage fans, who stood front and center, and older fans, who were sprinked throughout the stadium, screamed as the 25-year-old pop star appeared on stage wearing all black. Derulo exploded with his impeccable vocal skills without missing a beat.
Confirming his new single status after his break-up with his girlfriend of three years, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, the Miami native opened up to the attentive crowd about his music being inspired by past relationships before subtly going into his single "Marry Me," which he admitted in an interview to ABC was written for his ex-girlfriend, "because I wanted her to know that when the time is right then it will happen."
Sadly, an engagement never happened for the pair. However, the romantic setting and dimmed lights set the tone for the crowd to sing along to every word and for couples to dance closely together. Everyone was feeding off the emotions Derulo was displaying onstage.
As the night continued, true to fashion, Derulo took off his shirt and showed his signature chiseled chest. All the woman had their eyes glued to his body in lust (poor Jordin). Even the men in attendance stared in envy as Derulo did pull-ups with ease on makeshift bars and invited five lucky fans on stage to lay across his and his male backup dancers' backs while they did push-ups. Derulo eventually put on some clothes.
Throughout Derulo's waredrobe changes, the crowd's energy remained high. House music DJ Papo (a.k.a. Joker Music) stole the show in his signature green Mohawk as he bounced around from his booth back onto the stage and danced.
When Derulo returned to the stage, he performed his reggae rendition of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" and MAGIC!'s "Rude."
When it was time to close the show, the singer thanked the crowd for attending and exited the stage. The once colorful and luminous venue went pitch black, but the crowd refused to leave, noticing that he had yet to play his two hit songs. The chants began "Jason, Jason, Jason!"
Soon enough, Derulo popped back on stage, rocking a red and white varsity letter jacket. "I got a problem," he said jokingly. "I ran out of songs." All of a sudden, "Wiggle" blasted through the speakers and fans that had exited early quickly ran back to dance to the catchy single.
For his finale, the star performed marching band-esque "halftime" show and blasted "Trumpets," his latest smash hit. Fans bounced out of their seats to dance to every beat as a human pyramid was built on stage.
Oh what a wonderful night! Thanks Jason!