10 Days of Taylor: Who will be Taylor Swift's surprise tour guest in Tampa?
(Welcome to 10 Days of Taylor, our epic countdown to the epic finale of the most epic pop tour of all time: Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour, stopping Halloween Night at Raymond James Stadium. For all of our Taylor Swift coverage, click here.)
You might not know it from Twitter and Instagram, but not every show on Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour has featured a famous guest.
Oh, sure, it seems like the tour is swimming in celebrities — every morning brings a new round of headlines about how Swift was joined on stage by Justin Timberlake or Miranda Lambert or the Weeknd or the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.
“Any special guest that I have out on the 1989 World Tour is someone whose music that I am absolutely in love with,” Swift told the crowd before introducing Fetty Wap in Seattle, “and I reach out to them, and then the next step is I say to them, ‘Okay, do you want to look at our tour dates and see which city you’d like to come to?’”
Of the 60-plus North American shows on her summer tour, a full 25 have featured no special guest whatsoever. Just poor, perfect Taylor, all by her lonesome.
But that can’t happen in Tampa on Saturday, can it? It’s Halloween. It’s the final concert on the tour. Swift has to pull out all the stops, doesn’t she? Surely we’ll see one or two final celebrity guests take the stage at Raymond James Stadium?
We’ve combed through the list so far, conducted a little research and rattled the magic 8-ball in our break room. Here are 10-plus celebrities we think could pop on stage in Tampa as Swift’s final #Squad guests of her North American tour.
Ryan Adams: Here’s the most obvious candidate. Since Adams released his track-for-track cover of 1989 last month, he and Swift have done interviews together and spoken highly of each other’s work in several interviews, and have even done interviews together. But they have not yet performed together. Maybe they’re saving their first duet for the Grammys or something, but this feels like a fitting capper to Swift’s year, doesn’t it?
Kendrick Lamar: A longshot, you say? Maybe. But isn’t it strange that Lamar has yet to join Swift on stage to perform their summer remix of Bad Blood? And check this out: Lamar is performing Thursday in Dallas and Sunday in Washington, D.C. Tampa is totally on the way! Kind of! If you squint!
Vance Joy/Shawn Mendes: Boring guess, but it might be the correct one. Joy and Mendes have done yeoman’s work opening for Swift on this 1989 World Tour. It’s surprising they haven’t already joined her on stage. Doing so would be a fine and fitting way to say thanks.
John Travolta: Now we’re talking! He has a ranch in the area, and seems like he’d be 110 percent down with a Grease duet with Swift. He’s the one that you want, Taylor Swift. Give him a call.
Flo Rida: Two of our top guesses for Swift’s Tampa stop were Ricky Martin and Florida’s official tourism ambassador himself, Pitbull. And then Swift had to go and drag them out on stage in Miami. Miami has all the fun! So that leaves another pop hitmaker, Flo Rida, as the Sunshine State’s biggest remaining pop emissary. He actually joined her on stage in Miami in 2011, so an encore is not out of the question. Please, just let them sing Low or Right Round instead of Timber.
Florida Georgia Line: Swift has brought out a surprising number of country stars on this tour, and with the Country Music Association Awards taking place in Nashville next week, almost all of them will be in the Southeast over the next few days. Take your pick as to who she might invite to Tampa — Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, heck even Tim McGraw — but if we had to bet, we’d put money on this divisive duo, whose pop crossover appeal is frequently likened to Swift’s. She’s joined them onstage in the past to sing Cruise. And hey, one of them DOES hail from Florida.
’N Sync/Backstreet Boys: Well, not the full bands, of course. Timberlake’s probably occupied. But Central Florida is well-worn turf for members of both boy bands. In fact, when Ed Sheeran performed in Orlando last month, he Instagrammed a photo with both Joey Fatone and Howie Dorough. Throw Tampa’s own Nick Carter in the mix, and we’re looking at a new pop supergroup.
Florence Welch: The Voodoo Experience music festival is taking place this weekend in New Orleans, and that’s just a puddle-jump away. A number of Voodoo artists would pair well with Swift, but none more so than good friend Florence Welch, whose Florence and the Machine perform on Friday night. They have Saturday off, and a duet on Ship to Wreck would be a show-stopper (that is, if Swift isn’t worried about Welch blowing her off the stage).
Calvin Harris: Are Swift and the superstar Scottish DJ finally willing to take their relationship from Instagram into the real world? Probably not ... but you never know. Harris is performing in Miami on Friday; presumably he and Swift will be hanging out in the Sunshine State this week. He does have a gig in Las Vegas Halloween night, but factor in the time change, and it seems feasible that he could do one song in Tampa before private-jetting it to the Strip. He wouldn’t even need to plug in his laptop — Harris is one of the few DJs who actually sings some of his own hits, such as last year’s massive Summer. Yes, it’s unlikely ... but we can dream, can’t we?
The #Squad: If this really is goodbye to the 1989 World Tour, Swift should make it a Halloween to remember, and bring the rest of her #Squad back out on stage for one final bow — Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, the whole lot of ’em. What fun is a Halloween party if you can’t go trick-or-treating with all your friends?
-- Jay Cridlin