Iyana: Can we just spend a minute (or three) on "Lil' Freak?" DAMN, the sex was on 10 for that song. Usher's face under a red light, a sax solo, and the dancer going straight Crazy Horse as he sang? Usher knows how to sell sex. One of my favorite portions of the show.
Christine: Good gawd, that performance! I could not keep my eyes off her. I found myself taking note and telling myself, "Let me go back home and practice that!" Usher just oozes sex appeal and he knows it. The dancers were icing on the cake.
Iyana: Common knowledge for years now, huh? Any favorite moments for you?
Christine: I actually have two favorites. First, I thoroughly enjoyed his performance of "Twisted." I liked how all the dancers re-enacted moves from Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" as well as signature moves from MJ and James Brown. The dance-off between them brought great energy.
Iyana: I literally wrote "James Brown 'Mr. Dynamite' moment" in my notes when he was performing "Twisted." Didn't know the song, but definitely got the vibe he was giving. Electrifying.
Christine: Yes! You felt it, too. My second favorite moment was when Usher stood in the spotlight and delivered a raw rendition of "Climax." Everyone was into that one. His singing reminded me of a water painting. Each note just flowed as his voice seemed to float and smear into your mind and heart. Yes. If I wasn't familiar with him before last night, I would've been converted into an Usher fan after that raw song delivery.
Iyana: For "Climax," of course the vocals were on FLEEK. But I actually got caught up in the background visuals. Dragons, beating hearts... very intense complement to an intense song.
Christine: The background visuals definitely set the tone and made "Climax" even more intimate.
Iyana: Oh, and the DJ jam session? How cold was Usher in his rope chain on top of the DJ booth rocking out to all those snippets? "My Boo," "I Need A Girl," "Lovers and Friends?" You almost wished he had the time to perform them all. But alas, he is human. (insert sad face)
Christine: That chain (and random furry hat) was something serious. Can we also talk about how "Confessions" was basically a turn-up session everyone was relieved to hear?
Iyana: Are you telepathically reading my notes? Next to "Confessions," I wrote "TURN UP!" Basically all that needs to be said.
About that "Bad Girl" audience member dance contest. Honestly, I would rather have seen him just perform the song than waste our (precious, and all too short) time with him selecting girls from the audience. It felt like a break in our date for a phone call.
Christine: I see what you're saying, but it's always great when there's that moment when a performer reaches out to a fan. I was just glad it wasn't your typical engagement i.e. lap-dance with single fan from audience scenario.
Iyana: I guess. Am I low-key hating that I didn't get chosen? Possibly, but I digress…
Christine: You know, I was going to say it, but I swept it under the rug…