Monday 28 May 2018

Jason Derulo at 3Arena, Dublin review: 'he opened for Gaga but he's not quite challenging her supremacy or originality just yet'

Jason DeRulo performs at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Jason DeRulo performs at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Jason Derulo takes to the stage at the absolute dot of nine o’clock, as a countdown clock ensures he isn't a second late.

It makes a change from audiences waiting patiently without the remotest clue when their favourite act will arrive on-stage, but the Miami singer has built his career out of such slick efficiency.

Sometimes, it is almost too smooth. A montage of television clips concludes with the cheesy but undeniably effective statement, “Everything I do is for my fans.” Derulo bounds out a trap door and the predominantly teenage fan base go absolutely wild.

Derulo’s career has come on leaps and bounds since he first visited here in 2014. Now selling upwards of 50 million songs, the clothes, songs and stage set are all much better and befit an artist of his stature. Backing dancers shimmy around the stage in perfectly matching red trainers, showing off some impeccably executed moves.

The monster hit Wiggle reveals a tight band beavering away from behind a screen, which is later lifted to reveal a captivating two-tier stage set. It takes considerable skill and ingenuity not to trip or fall off either of the stairways and force a repeat of Madonna’s infamous stage mishap at the Brit Awards. Even Snoop Dogg makes a cameo via the wonders of on-screen technology.

“It's been a long journey,” Derulo announces. “Thank you for believing in me and my dream.” He also correctly notes the audience has greatly increased in the space of eighteen months.

The set list waivers a little bit and borders on the predictable. Intervals between some songs seem a little too ponderous and unnecessary. Derulo specialises in high energy, blistering R n' B so the hits should come thick and fast.

One attendee gets her moment in the spotlight as Jason serenades her with It Girl. When he takes his top off, the decibel levels hit the roof. Derulo has come a long way since opening for Lady Gaga a few short years ago. His show has vastly improved, but he is not quite challenging Gaga's supremacy or originality just yet.

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